Brachionidium fornicatum Luer & Hirtz 1995Drawing by Dalstroem and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold LATE Fall through Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Vaulted Brachionidium [refers to the concave sepaline tube]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3000 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stout, branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, distant, smooth tubular sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, imbricating, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, multi-veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through winter on a slender, erect, 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle and another at the base and an inflated, acute 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 drawing fide;