Brachionidium puraceense Luer 1995

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full shade Cold EARLYFall

Common Name or Meaning The Purace Volcano Brachionidium [a Volcano near Popayan Colombia]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 3300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a relatively slender, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3 distant, tubular, mucronate sheaths giving rise to a suberect ramicaul enveloped by 2 mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, apiculate, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, arisjng from near the apex of the ramicaul, provided with a bract near the middle, .7 to .8" [1.7 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with inflated, acute, shorter than the ovary and carrying a non-resupinate, fire red flower.

"Related to Brachionidium ecuadorense but distinguished by the prominently ciliate petals and a proportionally large, transverse lip with protruding, marginal carinae ending in a rounded but triapiculate apex." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide