Ada brachypus (Rchb. f.) N.H. Williams 1972 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids


Common Name The Short Column Foot Ada

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane cloudforests at elevations of 1200 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with narrowly ovate, laterally compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 5 to 7 distichous, imbricating, conduplicate, leafless below and leaf bearing above sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly oval, obtuse to acute, tapering below into the conduplicate , petiolate base leaf that can bloom in the spring and summer on an axillary, erect, to 6" [15 cm] long, , 3 to 5 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb through the axil of the leaf sheaths and carrying a few flowers closely spaced towards the apex.

Synonyms *Brassia brachypus Rchb. f. 1875; Brassia longicuspis Rchb. f. 1878; Brassiopsis brachypus (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Górniak 2006; Oncidium longicuspe (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1878; Oncidium longicuspis (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1878

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Oncidium longicuspe; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0002 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing maybe; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as Brassia brachypus; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae Jimenez & Jimenez 2014 photo fide