!Dunstervillea mirabilis Garay 1972 Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of G.C.K. Dunsterville Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives


Common Name The Wonderful Dunstervillea [Named for the American Orchid Enthusiast in Venezuela mid to late 1900's]

Flower Size 1/8" [4 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte occuring near the tips of terminal branches at elevations of 430 to 1350 meters with a loose fan-shape of laterally compressed, elliptical, succulent-like leaves that blooms on a 1 3/4" [4 cm] long, fascile of a few flowers subtended by a loose, triangular, conduplicate sheath that envelopes the ovary.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 drawing/photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 3 2001; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing ok; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendroideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2009 drawing fide