Dresslerella portillae Luer & Hirtz 2002 SUBGENUS Pilositas Luer 1988

Plant and Flower

Photos by © Milan Vágner

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Warm Spring

Common Name Portilla's Dresslerella [Ecuadorian Nurseryman Current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Moroana-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniiature sized, cool growingcaespitose epiphyte with a suberect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 3 spotted, sparsely pubescent, tubular, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, erect in relation to the ramicaul, thickly fleshy, pilose on both sides, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a stout, suberect, pubescent, .04" [1 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a pubescent, tubular, longer than the ovary floral bract.

"Closely related to Dresslerella hirsutissima but the very short peduncle of D portillae causes the flower tor rest inthe sulcus of the base of the leaf. The dorsal and petals lack the clavater tips of the attenuated apices. The margins of the boat-like synsepal meet a few milimeters below the apex to create an apical aperature separate from the main opening. The lip is long-fimbriate above the middle , but similar, uncinate, lateral lobes are prsenjt on the lower portion." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A first Centrury of new species of Stelis Ecuador Luer 2002 Drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good;