!Brachtia glumacea Rchb.f. 1850

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Original TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing By Reichenbach 1854


Common Name The Glumaceous Brachtia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Colombia and northwestern Venezuela at elevations of 1900 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovoid, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped laterally by a few distichous, the inner ones leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, linear-oblong to linear-oblanceolate, obtuse, carinate dorsally, attenuate and conduplicate basally leaf that blooms on a racemose, axillary, erect to horizontal, 4 to 10.4" [10 to 26 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence enveloped by 2 to 3, well spaced, close fitting, acute bracts and has scarious, cucullate, acute, ovate to ovate-elliptic floral bracts.

The drawing to the right represents B glumacea in Reichenbach's original drawing.

Synonyms Brassia glumaceoides M.W.Chase 2011; Oncodia glumacea (Rchb.f.) Lindl. 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Of Men and Orchids Part 1 2015 drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide