Dresslerella stellaris Luer & R.Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Dresslerella Luer 1976

Photo by Marta & Oscar Rebledo

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Luer & Escobar

Full shade Cool Cold LATE FallEARLY Winter

Common Name The Stellate Dresslerella [refers to the stellate trichomes covering the sepals]

Flower Size .4" [1cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with suberect to horizontal, stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, loose, fugacious, brown spotted, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less horizontal, thickly coriaceous, rigid, dark green, narrowly ovate, acute, longitudinally veined, minutely ciliate margined, cuneate and subcordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a stout, .04" [1 mm] long inflorescence with a succession of single flowers arising through a sheath at the base of the leaf with a cucullate, brown spotted, minutely ciliate floral bract.

"The largest species known in the genus and also most distinctive the stellate trichomes that cover the pendent flower." Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Dresslerella And Scaphosepalum Vol 5 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids VOl 1 COS 1990; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 Drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;