Brachionidium lucanoideum Luer 1995Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Stag Beetle Like Brachionidium [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size 1.2" [2 cm]

Found in western Panama at elevations of 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye or terrestrial with a relatively slender, erect to suberect, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, mucronate sheaths and giving rise to slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, whitish beneath, elliptical, acute to subacute, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, .8 to 1.12" [2 to 2.8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the middle and an inflated, acute, mucronate floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide;