Brachionidium vasquezii Luer 1984 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning Vasquez's Brachionidium [Bolivian Orchid Collector current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Bolivia in wet forest within deep humus at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3 tubular, mucronate, shaggy, cellular appendages giving rise to a stout, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 2 mucronate sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, to suberect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, 5 to 7 veined, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a slender, erect, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a mucronate bract near the middle, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with an inflated, acute, mucronate, enveloping both the pedicel and ovary floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 55: 177. Luer 1984 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 202 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 photo/drawing fide;