Brachionidium parvum Cogn. 1909

Plant and Flower

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TYPE Drawing

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Warm CoolLATERFall Winter

Common Name The Small Brachionidium [refers to the habit of the plant]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in The Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations of 500 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an ascending to erect, occasionally branching rhizome with 1 to 2 mucronate sheaths giving rise to suberect to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, 7 veined, narrowing into the cuneate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle, .48" to .92" [1.2 to 2.3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence and as well as an inflated, long mucronate, floral bract that envelopes the pedicel and ovary and carrying a non-resupinate light greenish to purple flower. .

Synonyms Brachionidium dussii Cogn. 1910; Brachionidium sherringii var. parvum (Cogn.) Stehlé 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 1994 Dodson drawing fide; 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; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;