Brachionidium lehmannii Luer 1995

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade

Common Name or Meaning Lehmann's Brachionidium [German Consul and orchid enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Pichincha? province of Ecuador without locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with a slender, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 imbricating, long-mucronate sheaths and giving rise to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 mucronate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, apiculate, 5 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the middle, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a long-mucronate, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying a lemon yellow, resupinate flower.

"Most remarkable is the little erect plant with peduncles more than twice the height of the plant. The small flowers are lemon yellow, with minutely ciliate sepals and petals with filiform tails about twice as long as the blades. The tiny lip is transverse, serrate and concave with a transverse callus across the base." Luer 1995


ReferencesW3 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 drawing fide;