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

Full shadeWarm Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Star-Like Brachionidium [refers to the flower shape]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in moss in cloud forests at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect to suberect, slender, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, loose, long-mucronate sheaths and giving rise to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, 7 veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a capillary, erect, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a loose bract below the middle and another at the base as well as a long-mucronate floral bract and carrying a translucent purple, nonresupinate flower.


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; Orchids of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photos hmm;