!Sertifera purpurea Lindl. & Rchb.f. 1876

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Common Name The Purple Sertifera

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Vanezuela, Colombia and Ecuador on embankments in cloud forests at elevtions of 1800 to 3000 meter as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with erect, smooth, terete stems enveloped completely by close fitting, dark greeny puce, verrucose, tubular sheaths and carrying several, lightly plicate, fairly stiff, midnerve slightly sulcate, attenuate and downturned apically, sharply mucronate, hard and erose marginally, lightly rugose, dark green above, smooth, lighter and with maroon nerves leaves that blooms on an axillary, 1.2" [3 cm] long, strongly compressed, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with narrow rugose floral bracts.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville and Gray 1966 drawing; Flor de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 1 Foldats 1969; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 Schlechter/Brieger 1983 photo plant only; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide

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