Brachionidium galeatum Luer & Hirtz 1995Drawing by Dalstroem and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Helmut Brachionidium [refers to the synsepal]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1750 to 2150 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a suberect to erect rhizome enveloped by 3, loose, scurfy, long-mucronate tubular sheaths subfimbriate on the lower margins and giving rise to slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, tubular, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thickly coriaceous, fleshy, denticulate above the middle, elliptical, subacute, 7 prominent veined, apiculate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, .52 to .8" [1.3 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a mucronate bract near the middle and another at the base as well a smooth floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate flower


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 of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo not = B elegans;