Broughtonia lindenii (Lindl.) Cogn.
Formerly: Cattleyopsis lindenii
Common Names: Linden's Cattleyopsis
Habit: Broughtonia lindenii
grow as an epiphyte on trees. It produces a very short rhizomatous
stem that is covered with secondary stems that are expanded to form
elongate pseudobulbs up to 12 cm in length (typically much shorter).
From the top of the pseudobulb 1 flattened linear leaf emerges that
is up to 10 cm in length. The leaf margin is dentate-serrate.
The zygomorphic flowers are arranged in
few flowered panicle/racemes up to 60 cm in height and contain 1-6
flowers. The flowers have bracts. The calyx has 3 pink, unfused
sepals. The corolla has 3 pink petals with 1 forming the labellum.
The labellum is pink with 5 yellow lamellae, with purplish lines
towards the front edge. The sides of the labellum enroll to form a
tube around the column. The white column has 2 ear-like appendages at
its base. The ovary is inferior. The fruit is a 3 lobed/sided
hanging capsule at maturity up to 10 cm in length that opens along
six suture lines and hangs allowing wind to assist in seed dispersal.
Habitat: Broughtonia lindenii grows in trees and shrubs in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen
Formation – Shrublands (scrubland coppice) and in mangrove areas.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Broughtonia lindenii occurs in the central and northern
islands groupings of the Bahamian Archipelago as well as Cuba.
While there are no medicinal uses of Broughtonia lindenii
like all orchids they are prized for their beautiful flowers. ALL
orchids are protected internationally by the Convention on the
International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) and should not be
collected from the wild.