Brachionidium muscosum Luer & R.Vásquez 1984

Drawing by © Carl Luer

Full shade Cool EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Mossy Brachionidium [Refers to the habitat and the appearance of the miniature plant]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in central Bolivia on the northern slopes of the Andes in moss mats at the shaded bases of trees in cloud forests at elevations of 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphtye with a relatively slender, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, imbricating sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 narrowly mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, apiculate, 3 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a slender, erect, .48 to .56" [1.2 to 1.4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and another at the base and an infundibular, mucronate floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate, light brown flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007