Size: Flowers to 1" diameter (to 2" on occasion)
2 apical leaves. Blooms on inflorescence to 2' long, successively opening flowers (5 to 12). Not fragrant.
From Orchid Album
Broughtonia sanguinea is a dwarf evergreen plant, producing short pseudobulbs about two inches or more long, of a pale green colour ; these support a pair of thick leathery leaves on the top, about four inches in length, of a deep olive-green, and linear-oblong in shape. From between the leaves the flower spike ascends, which is upwards of a foot long, and carries at the end many of the bright showy blooms which are borne on reddish purple-coloured pedicels. The sepals and petals are all of a rich crimson, the latter being very much broader and wavy, whilst the former are lanceolate and plain ; the lip is fully an inch and a half in diameter, sub-orbicular, with fimbriated margin, and is also of a rich crimson, veined with a darker shade, and having a white blotch near the throat, where it is stained with deep orange-yellow. This plant is well deserving a place in every collection on account of the brilliant and distinct colours of its flowers, which last a long time in full beauty if they are not sprinkled with water from the syringe.
Native to Jamaica and Cuba.
Basionym Epidendrum negrilensis Sw.
Used to breed for shape and color.