Brachionidium ingramii Luer & Dalström 1996

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning Ingram's Brachionidium [American Orchid Enthuisiast and co-collector of species]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in west central Colombia and Imbabura province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 imbricating sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, apiculate, 5 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle, .28" [7 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an acute, as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying a resupinate flower.

"This very small species is related to B lehmannii but differs in the very short peduncles as compared to the proportionally long peduncles of the latter. Although both purple and yellow flowers occur commonly in a species it might be noted that the flowers of B ingramii were described as magenta and those of B lehmannii were described as lemon yellow. Otherwise the sepals and petals of the 2 species are very similar in size and shape. The lip of B ingramii is not denticulate, but the disc is also traversed on both sides by an obliquw row of denticles with additionsl tubercles scattered between the row and the margin." Luer & Dalstrom 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide