Brachionidium ciliolatum Garay 1969Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Warm Cool Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Ciliate Brachionidium [refers to the floral parts]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Puerto Rico at elevations around 1020 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, imbricating, mucronate sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, apiculate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, erect, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a thin bract near the middle and another at the base and has acute floral bracts and carrying a cleistogamus flower


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014