Brachionidium piuntzae Luer 1995Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Rio Piuntzae Brachionidium [southeastern River in Ecuador]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Morona-Santiago Ecuador in forests at elevations around 1850 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a relatively stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, long-mucronate sheaths giving rise to a suberect ramicaul enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a slender, erect, .8 to 11" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle, an inflated, acute, mucronate floral bract and carrying a yellowish green, non-resupinate flower.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 1994 Dodson drawing fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005;

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