Brachionidium operosum Luer & Hirtz 1995Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Laborius Brachionidium [Refers to the reaching the remote habitat of the plant]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in central Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with a relatively stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, mucronate sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, verrucose, elliptical, acute, apiculate, 5 to 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a stout, erect, .48" [1.2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and an inflated, acute floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate, white flower with a pink lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide;