Brachionidium inkaterrense Luer & Soto 2010

Photo by © the Biodiversity Conference webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Full Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Inka Terra Brachionidium [refers to the Peruvian orginazation that explores Macchu Picchu’s unique flora]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Cusco department of Peru near Macchu Picchu at elevations of 3000 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial in sphagnum moss with a stout rhizome enveloped by 3 tubular, mucronate, scurfy sheaths giving rise to a slender, erect ramicaul with 2 similar, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less spreading, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, 7 veined, obtuse with a decurved apiculum, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, with a bract near the middle, from the ramicaul apex, .4 to .6” [1 to 1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an inflated, acute, enveloping the pedicel floral bract.

"Distinguished by the scurfy, cauline sheaths, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, spreading leaves that are sparsely amd minutely spiculate especially along the veins, ovate, acuminate sepals and petals, the petals densely short cilaite, and with a central, elevated, round callus of the lip with lateral angles that are oblique with acute, shortly acuminate tips." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleuorthallidinarum Vol XXXI Lepanthes of Bolivia - Systematics of Octomeria Luer 2010 Drawing fide;