Dresslerella elvallensis Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Dresslerella Luer 1976

Photo by Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The El Valle Dresslerella [A town In Chocle' state Panama]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Chocle department of Panama in primary forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with horizontal to pendant, slender to stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, thin, pubescent, imbricating sheaths and carrying a thickly coriaceous, dark green, suffused with purple, more so beneath, elliptical to oblong, subacute, minutely ciliate marginally, cuneate, subcordate and sessile below leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a single, 1.2" to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by a loose sheath and a pubescent, thin, tubular floral bract.

"Closely related to Dresslerella pertusa but distinguished by the dorsal sepal protruding beyond the synsepal and the narrowly linear, nondilated petals." Luer 1988


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 3(1): 2. 1976; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Dresslerella And Scaphosepalum Vol 5 1988 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018