Brachionidium sulcatum I.Jiménez 2015

TYPE Drawing

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

Full shade Cold LATESummer Fall

Common Name The Sulcate Brachionidium [refers to the surface of the leaf]

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia in the Cotapata National Park in upper cloud forests at elevations around 3387 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 on an erect, peduncle thin, .28 to .64" [.7 to 1.6 cm] long, with a bract at the middle and another at the base, single flowered inflorescence with a funnel shaped, enveloping the pedicel and sometimes all of the ovary floral bracts.

" The leaf is similar to B. galeatum but it has an erect rhizome with an elliptic leaf and only rugose along the veins. The combination of a thin, long-creeping rhizome, a narrowly oblong leaf with lateral furrows is unique in the genus." I. Jimenez 2015


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankesteriana 15: 189 I Jimenez 2015 drawing/photo fide,