Brachionidium longicaudatum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1931Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shadeCool Cold Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Long Tailed Brachionidium [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Venezuela and Roirama Brazil at elevations of 1900 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3 imbricating, long-mucronate sheaths and giving rise to slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 long-apiculate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thickly coriaceous, fleshy, elliptical, acute, apiculate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, erect, .68 to .8" [1.7 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with an apiculate bract near the middle and another at the base and a long-mucronate floral bract and carrying a purple?, non-resupinate flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide;