Broughtonia R.Br.

After Arthur Broughton, English botanist who worked in Jamaica in the early 19th century.

Epiphytic herbs, sympodial, with short creeping rhizomes. Stems thickened into globose to cylindrical pseudobulbs, dense, grooved, green to greyish. Leaves apical, 1 or 2, leathery, rigid, smooth. Inflorescences apical racemes, slender, arching. Flowers resupinate, 5-15, medium sized, usually crimson, yellowish at base of labellum. Sepals similar, joined at base into a spur. Petals broader than sepals, free. Labellum entire or obscurely 3-lobed, broad, tubular at base enclosing column. Column short, 2-winged. Pollinia 4, compressed.

2 species from Jamaica and Cuba.

Long inflorescences with crimson flowers concentrated towards tip.

Source: Jeanes, J. (2005). Orchidaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Orchidaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Broughtonia sanguinea (Sw.) R.Br.