August 5, 2010

Brassavola nodosa 'Mickey Mouse'

Brassavola nodosa 'Mickey Mouse' is a miniature version of a species that is normally much larger.  Brassavola nodosa ordinarily has terete (pencil-like) growths that are around 15 cm long and has flowers about 9 cm in size.  This clone is less than half that size.

Brassavola nodosa ranges across Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America.  It is very fragrant at night , hence the nickname, "Lady of the Night."  It is often used in hybridizing and imparts both its spidery shape and good color to its offspring.

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