Brachionidium peltarion Luer 1995

TYPE TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Warm Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Little Shield Brachionidium [Refers to the lips shape]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cocle province of central Panama at elevations of 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphtye with a stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, imbricating, 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 in the spring on a slender, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle, .64 to .88" [1.6 to 2.2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a long-mucronate floral bract and carrying a yellow green, resupinate flower.

"Characterized by the small, suberect habit, a small yellow-green flower, tails of eciliate sepals and petals only.04" [1 mm] long, and an acutely deflexed, sield-shpaed, obtuse lip that essentially without a callus. The deflexed basal portion of the lip is microscopically pubescent, reminiscent of the mor coarse pubescence on the delexed potyion of the lip of Brachionidium longicaudatum . Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide;