Brachionidium fornicatum Luer & Hirtz 1995

Photo by Arend De Wilde in situ Colombia

TYPE DrawingDrawing by Dalstroem and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold LATE Fall through Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Vaulted Brachionidium [refers to the concave sepaline tube]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3000 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stout, branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, distant, smooth tubular sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, imbricating, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, multi-veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through winter on a slender, erect, 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] 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 inflated, acute 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; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide