!Brachtia glumacea Rchb.f. 1850

Plant and Flowers Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Original Drawing Drawing By Reichenbach 1854

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Common Name The Glumaceous Brachtia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Colombia and northwestern Venezuela at elevations of 1900 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovoid, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped laterally by a few distichous, the inner ones leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, linear-oblong to linear-oblanceolate, obtuse, carinate dorsally, attenuate and conduplicate basally leaf that blooms on a racemose, axillary, erect to horizontal, 4 to 10.4" [10 to 26 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence enveloped by 2 to 3, well spaced, close fitting, acute bracts and has scarious, cucullate, acute, ovate to ovate-elliptic floral bracts.

The drawing to the right represents B glumacea in Reichenbach's original drawing.

Synonyms Brassia glumaceoides M.W.Chase 2011; Oncodia glumacea (Rchb.f.) Lindl. 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok

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