Brachionidium kirbyi Bogarín, Karremans & M.Muñoz 2015

Plant and Flower


TYPE Photos/Drawing by © Karremans & M.Muñoz and Brachionidium kirbyi, a new species honoring the founder of the "Bosque de Paz" Orchid Project in Costa Rica ResearchGate Website


Common Name Kirby's Brachionidium [American coFounder of the Bosque Paz Project current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1300 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect to suberect, relatively stout rhizome enveloped completely by 3 to 5, mucronate, infundibuliform, papyraceous sheaths, giving rise at intervals, perpendicular to the rhizome, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, subcoriaceous, elliptical, acute, smooth, flat, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a slender, erect to suberect peduncel, to 1" [2.5 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with an inflated, acute, mucronate floral bract


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidee (Hamburg) 66: 405 Bogarín, Karremans & M.Muñoz 2015 Photo/drawing fide