Brachionidium furfuraceum Luer 1995

Drawing by Dalstroem

Full shade Cold LATE WinterEARLY spring

Common Name or Meaning The Scurfy Brachionidium [refers to the scaly sheaths of the rhizome]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in northern Peru in elfin bogs at elevations around 2400 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stout, branching rhizome enveloped by 3, scurfy, acute, lightly fimbriate along the lower margin tubular sheaths and giving rise to stout, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar, scurfy sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, minutely denticulate above the middle, narrowly linear-elliptical, acute, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, erect, 1.4 to 1.8" [3.5 to 4.5 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, mucronate floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate flower


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007