Brachionidium polypodium Luer 1995 Photos by M Blanco, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Many Footed Brachionidium [refers to the Polypodium fern that this species resembles]

Flower Size 3/8" [.9 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in dense moss at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a long-repent, comparitively stout, occasionally branched rhizome giving rise to a suberect, short ramicaul enveloped by 2 similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, apiculate, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a erect, filiform, .6" [1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and an infundibular, mucronate floral bract carrying a single non-resupinate flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;