Brachionidium ephemerum Luer & Hirtz 1995Type Drawing by Dalstrom and The Epidendra Website

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Short Lived Flower Brachionidium

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in scrub cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte in loose moss with a slender, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, imbricating sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to erect, coriaceous, 3 to 5 veined, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, .36 to .44" [9 to 11 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle and another at the base and an infundibular, 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;