Dressleria severiniana H.G.Hills 1993 Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Inflorescence Photo by Kerry Dressler

Fragrant Deep Shade WarmLATER Spring

Common Name Mrs. Severin's Dressleria [American Orchid Enthusaist and AOS Orchid Judge current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Panama in wet montane cloud forests at elevations around 400 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped completely by imbricating dry, inflated leaf sheaths with the uppermost carrying elliptic, plicate, basally clasping, acute leaves that blooms in the later spring on a basal, erect, racemose, loosely flowered inforescence and carrying fragrant flowers that are widely spaced.

Consistently misidentified as D dilecta, but differs in the shape of the nearly square labellum opening 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.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 62(6): 616, f. 1993. photo/drawing; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Genera Orchidacearum Epidendroideae part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmusen 2009 photo ok; Hills, H.G. 2012. Taxonomic revision of Dressleria (Orchidaceae, Catasetinae). Phytoneuron 2012-48: 128. Published 23 May 2012. ISSN 2153 733X drawing/photo fide;