Brachionidium pepe-portillae Luer & Hirtz 2005 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Cool Early Winter

Common Name Pepe Portilla’s Brachionidium [Ecuadorian Orchid Nurseryman current]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, branching rhizome giving rise to a suberect ramicaul enveloped by 2 tubular, long apiculate sheaths carrying a single, suberect to prostrate, coriaceous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, rounded apically with a long apiculum in the sinus, rounded and contracted below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on an erect, slender, .4 to .44” [1 to 1.1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a bract near the middle and an infundibular, long-apiculate floral bract that enveloped both the pedicel and ovary.

Synonyms Brachionidium portillae Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as B portillae no nom illegal = B pepe-portillae drawing fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide;

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