Brachionidium andreettae Luer & Hirtz 1995Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE DrawingDrawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shadeCold Fall

Common Name or Meaning Andreetta's Brachionidium [Ecuadorian Priest and Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in scrub cloud forests at elevations of 2250 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, tubular sheaths, mucronate apically and giving rise to stout, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, longitudinally 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, .8" [2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a loose bract near the middle and another at the base and has an inflated, mucronate floral bract carrying a non-resupinate flower


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 1994 Dodson drawing/photo fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchids of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;