Trisetella dressleri (Luer) Luer 1980 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Calvicaulis Luer 1989

Plant and Flowers

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Dressler's Trisetella [American Botanist current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Panama and Chocle provinces of Panama in cloud forests at elevations of 650 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, that is narrowly cuneate below into the base leaf that can bloom at any time of the year on an erect, from low on the ramicaul, peduncle slender, smooth, with a bract near the base, 1 to 1.8" [2.5 to 4.5 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than teh pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the very small habit with proportionally broad leaves, small flowers with a broad deep, boat-shaped synsepal with a pair of short, thick, apical tails." Luer 1989

Synonyms *Masdevallia dressleri Luer 1976; Triaristella dressleri (Luer) Luer 1978; Triaristellina dressleri (Luer) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980;

Selbyana Vol 3 20 Luer 1976 as Masdevallia dressleri Drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989 drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo fide;

Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;