Brachionidium furfuraceum Luer 1995

Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold LATE WinterEARLY spring

Common Name or Meaning The Scurfy Brachionidium [refers to the scaly sheaths of the rhizome]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Amazonas department of northern Peru in elfin bogs at elevations around 2400 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stout, branching rhizome enveloped by 3, scurfy, acute, lightly fimbriate along the lower margin tubular sheaths and giving rise to stout, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar, scurfy sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, minutely denticulate above the middle, narrowly linear-elliptical, acute, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle and another at the base, 1.4 to 1.8" [3.5 to 4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an inflated, mucronate, as long as the ovsry floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate flower.

"Similar to Brachionidium elegans Luer & Hirtz 1986 but the leaves of B furfuraceum are erect, considerably narrower and acute, has eciliate petals and a lip nearly as broad with narrrow marginal surfaces with a low callus at the base. In B elegans the lipis considerably broader than lowng with broad marginal surfaces and a high basal callus." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Arnaldoa 12: 56. Beccara 2005 ; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007