Brachionidium dentatum Luer & Dressler 1995

Photo by Kresly Pineda and The Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Dalstroem and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Toothed Brachionidium [refers to the lip]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Chiriqui province of western Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with a relatively stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, long mucronate, tubular sheaths and giving rise to stout, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, 7 veined, elliptical, acute, carinate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a mucronate bract near the middle and an inflated, acute, mucronate, as long as the ovary floral bract.

"Distinguished by the ereect habit with elliptical leaves with carinate veins, a character found in very few species. The flowers are comparitively small and dark purple. The sepals and petals are minutely ciliate and long-caudate. The unique lip is more or less cordate-ovate and bimarginate with2 toothed crests, one within the outer margin." Luer 1995


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