Brachionidium folsomii Dressler 1982

Flower Close Up

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Ron Griesbeck courtesy of Yoshi Nomura

Full shadeWarmCoolWinter

Common Name Folsom's Brachionidium [American Orchid Enthusiast and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 450 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a sometimes branching stem carrying erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 similar, imbricate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, short, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the base and another in the middle and carrying a non resupinate flower


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018