Dresslerella archilae Luer & Béhar 1995 SUBGENUS Pilositas Luer 1988

Photo by © Moises Behar ed

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Archila's Dresslerella [Guatemalan collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala at unspecified elevations as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, prostrate ramicauls enveloped by 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, horizontal, coriaceous, long-pubescent, ovate, acute, sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an ascending, .08" [2 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with tubular, pubescent floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the ovate, long-pubescent flower with the dorsal sepal free from a deeply saccate synsepal and by shorter peduncles. The petals are obliquely obovate. The lip is oblong, verrucose above the middle and with a pair of small, uncinate lobes below the middle. The 4 equal sized pollina vary from the usual unequal pairs pairs seen in other members of the genus." Luer 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XII Luer 1995 drawing fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide