Brachionidium imperiale Luer & Escobar ex Harling & Andersson 2005

Lip Detail

Flowers and plants in situ Ecuador

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Flower in situ Parque Nacional Tatama' Choco department of Colombia 1900 meters 8/17

Plant and flower in situ Parque Nacional Tatama' Choco department of Colombia 2000 meters 8/17

Photos by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPEDrawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Imperial Brachionidium [refers to the regal size of the flower]

Flower Size 6" [15 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca and Risaralda departments of west central Colombia and Pataza province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial on roadbanks or occasional epiphyte in shrubs with a ascending to erect rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3 distant, mucronate, tubular sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2, similar, imbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, multiveined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and another at the base, 1.6 to 2.6" [4 to 6.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an inflated, mucronate, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying a non-resupinate flower.

"Similar to Brachionidium parvifolium but differs in the much longer leaves, and the multiveined sepals and petals with filamntous tails 2 to 3 times longer." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide; The Orchid Review Vol 127 No 1328 December 2019 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide