Brachionidium ballatrix Luer & Hirtz 1995

Plant and Flower

Photos Linda and Michael Karlbom

Common Name The Ballet Dancer Brachionidium

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial with suberect to pendant ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 imbricate, long-mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, erect to suberect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, slender, 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a mucronate bract near the middle and another near the base and a long mucronate floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 as B cf ballatrix photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014