Brachionidium arethusa Luer 1995

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shadeCold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Arethusa Brachionidium [Beautiful goddess in Greek mythology]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in northern Peru in bamboo thickets along a river at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, mucronate, scurfy, tubular sheaths and giving rise to slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, tubular, scurfy sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, prominent apiculum, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 1.4 to 1.8" [3.5 to 4.5 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 floral bract carrying a non-resupinate flower


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007