Brachionidium syme-morrisii Luer 1995

Collection Sheet

TYPE Drawing/Collection Sheet by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning Syme's and Morris' Brachionidium [English Botanists 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found on Mt Moses of Jamaica in cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphtye with a slender, ascending to erect, occasionally branching rhizome enveloped by 2, mucronate sheaths and giving rise to slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 2 similar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, 7 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a bract near the middle, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an inflated, long-mucronate, as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying a transluscent purple, non-resupinate flower.

"Chracterized by the small, more or less erect habit, minutely ciliate sepals and petals and a distinctive cleft lip with erect, hornlike lateral lobes with broad, concave margins." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Systematics of Brachionidium Luer 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014