Brachionidium minusculum Luer & Dressler 1995

Plant and Flower Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Very Small Brachionidium

Flower Size 3/8" [.9 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a long-repent rhizome giving rise to a short ramicaul enveloped by 3 shortly mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse and minutely forked and apiculate at the apex, 5 veined, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, 1.4" [3.5mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with an infundibular, acute, apiculate floral bract and a translucent white resupinate flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing ok; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide