Brachionidium calypso Luer 1995

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Calypso Brachionidium [Nymph in Greek Mythology that dwelled on a distant, inaccessible island]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Chiriqui province of Panama at elevations around 2100 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial in loose moss with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, mucronate, tubular sheaths and giving rise to stout, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, mucronate, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a thin bract near the middle and another at the base and has inflated, acute, mucronate, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying a non-resupinate flower.

"Vegetatively and florally similar to Brachionidium dressleri , Brachionidium lucanoideum and Brachionidium satyreum but the lips of all 4 species differs distinctly." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide;