Brachionidium hirtzii Luer 1986

Photo by Karsten Thomsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full ShadeCold Winter Spring

Common Name Hirtz' Brachionidium [Ecuadorian Orchid Collector current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in cloud forests in moss and humus as a terrestrial or climbing in trees at elevations of 2700 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with to 1" between each ramicaul enveloped by 3 thin, loosely fitting, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, subacute to obtuse, 7 to 15 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a suberect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the middle and another at the base, .68 to .92" [1.7 to 2.3 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence and has an inflated, mucronate, longer than the ovary floral bract and carries a non-resupinate flower.

"Most similar to Brachionidium phalangiferum but differs in the evenly bimarginate lip, which in B phalangiferum the upper margin overhangs the lower margin." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1994 drawing/photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005;