Brachionidium dressleri Luer 1995

Flower detail

Flower and Plant in situ

Photos by Kresly Pineda and The Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Dalstroem and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade ColdLATER Spring Summer

Common Name or MeaningDressler's Brachionidium [American Botanist in Costa Rica current]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Puntaarenas province of eastern Costa Rica and Chiriqui and Boca del Toros provinces of western Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 2200 to 2500 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial in loose moss with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 4, pale, mucronate, tubular sheaths and giving rise to stout, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, 11 to 15 veined, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on a slender, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an inflated, acute, mucronate, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Identified by the large, robust, maore or less erect habit, comparitively large, elliptical leaves and large purple flowers. The sepals and petals are reflexed, minutely ciiate and long tailed. The lip is more or less semi-circular in outline, the apex with an apiculum. The margins are denticulate with an irregular line of denticles just within the margin. The size od the sepals and petals and tails is variable but the lip remains constant." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide;