Brachionidium carmeniae Luer 2010

Photo by the Biodiversity Conference webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cold Spring

Common Name Carmen's Brachionidium [Peruvian Botanist at Macchu Picchu current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cusco department of Peru near Macchu Picchu at elevations of 3000 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial in sphagnum moss with a stout rhizome giving rise to a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 1 to 2, scurfy, mucronate, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less spreading, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse with a decurved apiculum, crested and lacerate veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, .6 [1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle and an inflated, acute, as long as the ovary floral bract.

"Distinguished by the scurfy, caulline sheahts, small more or less spreading, elliptical leaves with the veins and margins markedly lacerate, transluscent ovate, acute and acuminate sepals and petals boldly marked with red-purple along the veins and margins and a transverse, obtuse lip with thick margins and a solitary round callus." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleuorthallidinarum Vol XXXI Lepanthes of Bolivia Luer 2010 Drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #5 2019 photo fide;