Dresslerella hirsutissima (C. Schweinf.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Pilositas Luer 1988

Side View of Flower

Photos by Merino and The Epidendra Website

Another Side View of Flower

Photo by Ron Parsons.


Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeWarmTo CoolWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Hairiest Dresslerella

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Tarma province of Peru and Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations of 900 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with horizontal to suberect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 fugacious, pilose, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to horizontal, fleshy, verruculose, elliptical, obtuse, light green, speckled with purple underneath, gradually narrowing below into the broadly cuneate, short petiolate base leaf that is covered on both sides by white trichomes that blooms at any time of the year on a short to 1/2" [12 to 14 mm] long, slender, pubescent, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from the leaf base.

"Characterized by ellitical oblong, long-pubescent leaves that are borne on more or less erect ramicauls about equally as long instead of much shorter and broader prone leaves. The flowers are borne on very short peduncles, the apical lobe of the lip is fimbriate and long-papillose instead of only microscopically verrucose.' Luer 2005

CAUTION!!!! This species and D lasiocampa have been confused for years and I am sure that I have them correct here now.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis hirsutissima C. Schweinf. 1951; Restrepiella hirsutissima (C. Schweinf.) Garay & Dunst. 1966

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Bot. Mus. Leafl. 15(3): 94. Schweinfurth 1951 as Pleurothallis hirsutissima; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 as Restrepiella hirsutissima; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 photo/drawing not = D lasiocampa; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 2 2000 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 photo as D lasiocampa fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide;