Brassavola nodosa

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Lady of the Night
Brassavola nodosa Orchi 03.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Brassavola
Section: B. sect. Cuneilabia
Species: B. nodosa
Binomial name
Brassavola nodosa
(L.) Lindl.
Synonyms[1]
  • Epidendrum nodosum L. (1753) (Basionym)
  • Cymbidium nodosum (L.) Sw. (1799)
  • Bletia nodosa (L.) Rchb.f. (1862)
  • Brassavola rhopalorrhachis Rchb.f. (1852)
  • Bletia rhopalorrhachis (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. (1862)
  • Brassavola nodosa var. rhopalorrhachis Schltr. (1919)
  • Brassavola scaposa Schltr. (1919)

Brassavola nodosa is a small, tough species of orchid native to Mexico (from Tamaulipas south to Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula), Central America, the West Indies, and northern South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana and French Guinea).[1][2] It is also known as "Lady of the Night" orchid due to its citrus and gardenia-like fragrance which begins in the early evening. Its fragrance and whitish-green color combine to attract night-pollinating moths.

The diploid chromosome number of B. nodosa has been determined to be 2n = 40[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Hágsater, E. & G. A. Salazar. 1990. Orchids of Mexico, pt. 1. Icones Orchidacearum (Mexico) 1: plates 1–100. Asociación Mexicana de Orquideología, México, D.F.
  3. ^ page 250. Leonardo P. Felix and Marcelo Guerra: "Variation in chromosome number and the basic number of subfamily Epidendroideae (Orchidaceae)" Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 163(2010)234-278, The Linnean Society of London

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