Dressleria fragrans Dodson 1998 Photo by Alexander Reynolds and UC Davis Botany Website

Drawing Drawing by Megahee and The Epidendra Website

FragrancePartail shade Hot Warm Fall

Common Name The Fragrant Dressleria

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in western Ecuador at elevations of 400 to 1400 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with swollen, oblong, 8 to 10 internoded pseudobulbs carrying 8 to 10, basallly clasping, distichous, thin, narrowly oblong-ellipticto oblong-obovate, acuminate leaves that have a persistent foul odor, that blooms in the fall on a basal, to 8" [20 cm] long, erect, 5 to 18 flowered inflorescence with simultaneously opening, fragrant flowers.

Very similar to Dressleria dodsoniana and almost indistinguishable except for the differences in location, minor lip details and mostly fragrance which attract different pollinators. D fragrans has a fragrance of Eugenol and only attracts the male bees of the species Eulaema cingulata.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Pl 55 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide/photo good;