Dressleria helleri Dodson 1975 Photo by Orchi and The Wikipedia Website

Drawing Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Flower disection drawings Drawing by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Fragrant Deep Shade WarmLATE Spring

Common Name Heller's Dressleria [Nicaraguan Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet mointane cloud forests at elevations around 915 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with caespitose, conical to elongate conical pseudobulbs carrying green, plicate, erect, narrowly elliptic, acute, rgadually narrowing below into the basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late spring on a basal, erect, racemose, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, 5 to 12 flowered inforescence and carrying fragrant flowers

Similar to D eburnea but differs in the smaller cavity of the lip which has a thin, erect, flap of tissue on each side rather than a thickened callus. The column is adnate to the lip to its apex whereas in D eburnea the column is free from the lip for part of its length.

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination so please use with caution. Consult the drawings they are more correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 667 Hamer 1982 drawing hmm; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing hmm; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 drawing hmm;