Brachionidium lopez-robertsiae I.Jiménez 2015

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by Ivan Jimenez-Perez © and LANKESTERIANA 15(3). I Jimenez 2015

Full shade Cold LATER Spring Summer

Common Name Lopez-Robert's Brachionidium [María Cristina López Roberts, Bolivian Orchid Collector current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia in the northern Yungas in upper cloud forests at elevations around 3100 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, long-creeping, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with suberect to erect, .4 [1 cm] to more than 1" [2.5 cm] between each ramicaul enveloped by 1 to 2, lightly oblique, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, patent, coriaceous, ovate-elliptic to suborbicular, apiculate, rounded into the sulcate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and early summer on an erect, peduncle thin, .52 to .88" [1.4 to 2.2 cm] long, with a bract at the middle and another at the base, single flowered inflorescence with a funnel shaped, enveloping the pedicel and almost all of the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to B. capillare and B. muscosum, but differs from both by the ovate-elliptic to suborbiculate leaves, the large flowers with ciliate sepals and petals, the bimarginate labellum with a suborbiculate verrucose callus and the bidentate column with retrorse apices." I. Jimenez 2015


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankesteriana 15: 187 I Jimenez 2015 drawing/photo fide,