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Brassavola sp., Lady of the Night
Brassavola flagellaris

Brassavola sp.

Lady of the Night
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Central America, Southern America
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Most Brassavola orchids are very fragrant, attracting pollinators with their citrusy smell. But they are only fragrant at night, in order to attract the right moth. Longevity of flowers depends on the species and is between five and thirty days.

In 1698 Brassavola nodosa was the first tropical orchid to be brought from the Caribbean island Curaçao to Holland. Thus began the propagation of this orchid and the fascination for orchids in general. Brassavola nodosa are found in low lying coastal regions, generally below 1640 ft. (500 m), growing on either trees in lowland tropical forests and mangrove swamps, or on exposed rocks and cliffs near the shore. During the growing period they require plenty of water. After the pseudobulbs have finished growing, water should be restricted for a few weeks during the rather indefinite rest period.

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