Brachionidium zunagense Luer & Hirtz 1995

Type Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cool Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Rio Zunaga Brachionidium [a river in Ecuador]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in central Ecuador at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, prostrate, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, imbricating, long-mucronate sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, broadly elliptical-ovate, obtuse, apiculate, 5 veined, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, .44 to .6" [1.1 to 1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a long-acuminate bract near the middle as well as an inflated, long-acuminate mucronate floral bract and carrying a transparent yellow, non-resupinate 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;