!Dressleria dilecta (Rchb. f.) Dodson 1975

Photo by Calaway Dodson and Taxonomic Revision of Dressleria [Orchidaceae, Catasetinae] Harold Hills Website


Common Name The Beloved Dressleria

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 500 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped completely by imbricating dry, inflated leaf sheaths with the uppermost carrying elliptic, plicate, basally clasping, acute leaves and blooming in the spring on an erect, 8" [20 cm] long, densely several flowered, subcapitate, racemose inflorescence enveloped basally by imbricating, inflated, acuminate bracts and carrying overlapping, fragrant [albeit foul], hermaphroditic, non resupinate flowers that are variable in shape and color.

D severiniana is consistently misidentified as D dilecta, but differs in the shape of the nearly square labellum opening that is entire while in D dilecta the elongate labellum opening has an erose margin. In D severiniana the inflorescence is a loosely flowered racemose, while D dilecta has a densely flowered subcapitate inflorescence with flowers that overlap

Synonyms *Catasetum dilectum Rchb. f. 1866;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as Catasetum dilectum; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958 as Catasetum eburneum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing not = D kalbreyeri; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = D kalbreyeri; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 055 Dodson 1980 as D eburnea drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 666 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 6 1983 photo as Catasetum eburneum; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 as D eburnea photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 6 1993 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as D aff. dilecta not = D kalbreyeri; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 as D eburnea photo not = D dodsoniana; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo good; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Dressleria eburnea; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide as D eburnea; Hills, H.G. 2012. Taxonomic revision of Dressleria (Orchidaceae, Catasetinae). Phytoneuron 2012-48: 128. Published 23 May 2012. ISSN 2153 733X photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;