Brachionidium brachycladum Luer & R.Escobar 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep shade Cold LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Short Branch Brachionidium [refers to the short ramicaul]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in western Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a comparitively stout, prostrate, long-repent, branching rhizome enveloped by 3 imbricate, long-mucronate sheaths giving rise to a suberect ramicaul enveloped by 2 long-mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, broadly ellptic to round, 3 veined, apex and base obtuse to rounded, narrowing into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, erect, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a bract near the middle and another at the base and carrying a transparent white, non-resupinate flower with an inflated, acuminate floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 #3 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014