The Brassia Eternal Wind is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. It was registered in 1993 M. Sato and is a cross between Brassia Bracdiana and Brassia Rex. This orchid is special because of its large, spidery flowers and sometimes impressive bloom count.
Blooms have a spidery shape, with long thin petals and an elongated broader lip. The petals are a lime yellow color with dark brown blotches. The lip is broader and has the same lime yellow color, but presents smaller dark brown dots. The lower sepals have fewer brown spots than the ones above.
When grown in good conditions, this orchid can form a very symmetrical flower spike that can hold an impressive amount of blooms. The effect is spectacular, as each flower seems to follow the one in front it with perfect precision.
The flowers are quite big, measuring about 25-28 cm in length and 7-8 cm in width. They have the tendency to curl towards the edges, so the bloom could actually be bigger if they would remain straight.
The flowers have moderately strong fragrance that is spicy and sweet at the same time. The fragrance can be sensed in the early hours of the morning throughout the day until the afternoon. At night this orchid has no more fragrance.
This orchid can bloom multiple times in one year if it has several directions of growth. Usually, with every maturing pseudobulb a flower spike can be produced, but if there is one single direction of growth, it will usually bloom only once per year. In some cases the orchid can produce 2 flower spikes emerging from each side of the pseudobulb. The spike usually emerges from between the pseudobulb and the first lateral leaf.
The flowers usually last between 4 to 6 weeks, depending on environment. After the blooms fall, usually the orchid starts to produce new pseudobulbs. The spikes can be cut near the base after the blooms drop, as they will not rebloom, or produce plantlets.
The pseudobulbs are about 7-8 cm in height and about 4-6 cm in width, with an oval shape. The normal color for this orchid is medium green. The leaves are long and slender, measuring about 30-35 cm in length and about 2-3 cm in width. The leaves are prone to obtain accordion shape growth if the orchid is kept too dry and in too low humidity.
This orchid doesn’t have such an abrupt tendency to lean over like other Brassia hybrids, so maintaining the straight growth is not difficult. However this is not a small orchid and is not suited for very small growing areas.
The roots are quite thick and healthy roots are white, but as they age, they can turn green when wet. When in active growth they have bright green tips. New growths usually appear from between the last exterior leaves and take between 8 to 10 months to fully mature.
Propagation of this orchid can be done through division, each division should have at least 3 fully grown pseudobulbs for a fast growth further on.
Soft spots: pleated leaves if kept too dry, pleated flower spikes if the leaves don’t develop normally
Overall this is an easy to care for orchid even in a home environment with less than ideal humidity
Brassia Eternal Wind Basic care:
Light: Intermediate to bright
Humidity: Tolerant to low humidity, over 40% ideal
Water: As the media approaches dryness
Growth cycle: not deciduous, does not require a winter rest, does not regularly shed leaves, can bloom all year round