Brachionidium satyreum Luer 1995

TYPE Drawing by Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Satyr-Like Brachionidium [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Bocas del Toro province of Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphtye or terrestrial with an erect to suberect, relatively stout, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, mucronate sheaths and giving rise to slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, elliptical, acute to subacute, 7 to 9 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, .8 to 1.04" [2 to 2.6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence as well as an inflated, acute, mucronate, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying a dark purple, non-resupinate flower.

"Identified by the large, more or less erect habit, elliptical leaves, glossy dark purple flowers, elliptical-ovate sepals with equally long tails, acutely reflexed, minutely ciliate, short-tailed petals and a small, subquadrate lip with erect, acute, lateral lobes. The rounded, pubescent callus projects forward from the deflexed base." Luer 1995


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