Brachionidium sherringii Rolfe 1893 Photo by © Ti Raccon

Full ShadeWarmCool Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning Sherring's Brachionidium [English Collector in Leewards 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Grenada, St Kitt's, St Lucia and St Vincent in clayey soils on roadbanks in elfin cloud forests at elevations around 500 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a long-repent to ascending rhizome giving rise to ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 mucronate sheaths and each carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellitpical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, slender, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the middle and inflated, long-mucronate floral bract and carries a non-resupinate flower that can be transluscent white, to yellow to dark purple.

Synonyms Brachionidium sherringii var. typicum Stehlé 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 drawing fide; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as B sherringii var parvum; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide;