Brachionidium haberi Luer 1995

Plant and Flower in situ Costa Rica

Photo by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Haber's Brachionidium [American Researcher at MoBot Current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Puntarenas province of Costa Rica in wet forests at elevations of 1600 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial in loose moss, with an erect to suberect, occasionally branching stem giving rise to a very short ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the middle, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an inflated, acute, mucronate shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying non-resupinate flower

This species is characterized by it's larger erect stature, relatively large floral parts with comparitively short, slender tails and a large thick, transversely cordate lip with a minutely denticulate margin and can be locally abundant in it's range near and within the Montverde Preserve in wet montane cloud forests.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide;