Brachionidium phalangiferum Garay 1956

Plant and Flower

Photos by Sebastian Vieira


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cold Fall LATERSpring

Common Name or Meaning The In A Tight Row Brachionidium [refers to the ramicauls]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela in cloud forests on mossy trees at elevations of 2400 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a relatively stout rhizome giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 imbricate, shortly mucronate sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, apiculate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and later spring on an erect, slender, .6 to .8 [1.5 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a loose bract below the middle and another at the base arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, and has an inflated, mucronate floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate flower.

Synonyms Brachionidium portillae Luer 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo ok