Brachionidium dodsoni Luer 1995

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning Dodson's Brachionidium [American Botanist - original discoverer of species current]

Flower Size 1 3/5" [4 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in deep moss on wet, steep road embankments at elevations of 1650 to 1850 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial with slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 tubular sheaths carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, longitudinally veined, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, slender, with a bract at the base and another below the middle, single flowered, 1" [2.5 cm] long inflorescence with infundibular, mucronate, enclosing the pedicel floral bract and carries the single, non-resupinate flower above the leaves.

"Similar to Brachionidium folsomii but differs in the transversely ovate lip with a simple margin and an acuminate, or shortly acuminate apex. B folsomii is roundly obtuse and minutely denticulate." Luer 1995

The plant photo is in situ in Podocarpus National Park, southern Ecuador.

References W3 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