Brachionidium juliani Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1986

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning Julian's Brachionidium [Mr Steyermark, American Botanist and collector of species]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Amazonas state of Venezuela in cloud forests and on tepuis at elevations around 2560 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect rhizome enveloped by 2 imbricating, ribbed sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, apiculate, 5 to 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a comparatively stout, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle, .28" [7 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a mucronate, longer than the ovary floral bract and carrying a resupinate flower.

"Distinguished by the minute, suberect habit with peduncles about .28" [7 mm] long, that carry a small, but proportionally large flower. The sepals are microscopically ciliate and long-tailed." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as B sp #264 drawing good; Digest Vol 73 #3 2009;