Brachionidium inkaterrense Luer & Soto 2010 Photo by © the Biodiversity Conference webpage

Full Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Inka Terra Brachionidium [refers to the Peruvian orginazation that explores Macchu Picchu’s unique flora]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Peru near Macchu Picchu at elevations of 3000 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial in sphagnum moss with a stout rhizome enveloped by 3 tubular, mucronate, scurfy sheaths giving rise to a slender, erect ramicaul with 2 similar, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less spreading, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, 7 veined, obtuse with a decurved apiculum, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, .4 to .6” [1 to 1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a bract near the middle, from the ramicaul apex, and an inflated, acute, enveloping the pedicel floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleuorthallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 Drawing fide;