Brachionidium calypso Luer 1995Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Calypso Brachionidium [Nymph in Greek Mythology that dwelled on a distant, inaccessible island]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Panama at elevations around 2100 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial in loose moss with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, mucronate, tubular sheaths and giving rise to stout, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, mucronate, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 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 inflated, acute, mucronate floral bracts and carrying a non-resupinate flower

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide;

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