Brachionidium condorense L.Jost 2004

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by Lou Jost

Full shade Cold LATE Spring

Common Name The Cordillera Condor Brachionidium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Morona Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with relatively stout, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, long-mucronate, pale sheaths and carrying a single, suberect, thickly coriaceous, ovate to lanceolate, acute, olive green above, purple beneath, 7 veined, rounded and contracted below in to the stout, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a slender, suberect, arisding from near the apex, of the ramicaul, peduncle to .8" [2 cm] long, provided with a bract near the middle, single flowered inflorescence an inflated, acxute, mucronate, envelopeing the pedicel and part of the ovary floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate flower.

"This species and B deflexum are characterized by thick dark olive green leaves flushed purple below, and by purple flowers bearing a cucullate synsepal. Both are superficially similar to the sympatric B. galeatum Luer and Hirtz (Luer 1995). B. condorense is easily distinguished by the broad flat incurved lateral lobes of the strongly bimarginate lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; New Pleurothallid Orchids from the Cordillera del Condor of Ecuador photo/drawing fide