Brachtia diphylla H.R.Sweet 1974

TYPE drawing by Sweet and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Two Leaved Brachtia

Flower Size

Found in Valle department of Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a suberect, ascendent, rather stout rhizome giving rise to remote, erect, compressed, completely enveloped by leaf bearing sheaths, linear-oblong pseudobulb carrying 2, apical, erect, linear-oblong, obtuse, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms on a suberect to arcuate, rather slender, remotely 3 bracted above the middle, secundly racemose above, few flowered inflorescence.

This orchid is close to B andina but differs in the 2 apical leaves, the larger flowers and the very different lip shape and calli as well as the shorter floral bracts that do not superimpose the flowers.

Synonyms Brassia diphylla (H.R.Sweet) M.W.Chase 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 9: 14 Sweet 1974 photo/drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide