Brachionidium haberi Luer 1995

Plant and Flower in situ Costa Rica Photo by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name Haber's Brachionidium [American Researcher at MoBot Current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in wet forests at elevations of 1600 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial in loose moss, with an erect to suberect, occasionally branching stem giving rise to a very short ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the middle and carrying non-resupinate flower

This species is characterized by it's larger erect stature, relatively large floral parts with comparitively short, slender tails and a large thick, transversely cordate lip with a minutely denticulate margin and can be locally abundant in it's range near and within the Montverde Preserve in wet montane cloud forests.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XII 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;