Brachionidium folsomii Dressler 1982

Flower Close Up

Plant and Flowers Photos by Ron Griesbeck courtesy of Yoshi Nomura and his Not So Green Thumb Orchid Pages

Full shadeWarmCoolWinter

Common Name Folsom's Brachionidium [American Orchid Enthusiast and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 450 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a sometimes branching stem carrying erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 similar, imbricate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, short, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the base and another in the middle and carrying a non resupinate flower


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide