Brachionidium dalstroemii Luer 1986

Photo by Dalstroem

Type Drawing

Drawing by Lorena Paola Galarza Pasquel and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shade Cold Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning Dalstroem's Brachionidium [Swedish Orchid Enthusiast and orchid illustrator extrodinaire]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador and northern Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2600 to 3150 meters as a small to large sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect, straight, to 40" [to 100 cm] long, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, loose, long mucronate, sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, purple beneath, coriaceous, 7 to 9 veined, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a slender, erect, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with 2 inflated, imbricating bracts and an inflated, mucronate floral bract


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 1994 Dodson drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007