Brachionidium brevicaudatum Rolfe 1896 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Postage Stamp Postage stamp by Venezuela

Full shadeCool Cold Fall THROUGHSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Short Tailed Brachionidium

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Guyana on tepuis at elevations around 1000 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2, imbricating, mucronate, tubular sheaths and giving rise to slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, mucronate, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, apiculate, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a slender, erect, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a thin bract near the middle and another at the base and has a mucronate floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate flower

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide;

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