Brachionidium filamentosum Luer & Hirtz 1995>

photo by Andrea Niessen

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Warm Cool LATE Fall through Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Filamentous Brachionidium [refers to the attenuate floral parts]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Darien province of Panama, Choco department of Colombia and Esmeraldas province of northern Ecuador in mossy cloud forests at elevations around 700 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a repent, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 3, tubular, long-mucronate sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, notched, long-apiculate, 3 veined, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through spring on a filamentous, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, erect, bright purple, with a bract near the middle, .6 to .72" [15 to 18 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an inflated, acute, as long as the ovary floral bract.

"Distinguished by the long, hairlike tails of the floral parts and an ovaet, concave lip with an apiculate apex." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as B sp #289 drawing/photo good; Digest Vol 73 #3 2009; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo