Dresslerella caesariata Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dresslerella Luer 1976

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeCoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Grand Dresslerella

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 1700 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with horizontal to erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, fugacious, pubescent, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, dark green, white pilose, elliptical, acute leaf that blooms in the spring on a stout, .1" [3 mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence.

"Although the pubbescent leaves amd the pandurate shape of the lip suggest an affinity to Subgenus Pilositas, the closed pyriform flower without a clavate dorsal sepal and petals indicate a stronger affinity to Subgenus Dresslerella." Luer 1988


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Luer 2005; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #3 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide;