Brachionidium filamentosum Luer & Hirtz 1995>

photo by Andrea Niessen

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Dalstroem and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Warm Cool LATE Fall through Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Filamentous Brachionidium [refers to the attenuate floral parts]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northern Ecuador in mossy cloud forests at elevations around 700 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a repent, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, tubular, long-mucronate sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, notched, long-apiculate, 3 veined, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through spring on a filamentous, erect, bright purple, .6 to .72" [15 to 18 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle and an inflated floral bract


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as B sp #289 drawing/photo good; Digest Vol 73 #3 2009; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo