Sertifera colombiana Schltr. 1920 SECTION Sertifera Szlach & Baranow

Photo by Rodrigo Escobar


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Part shade Cold Summer LATEFall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Colombian Sertifera

Flower Size .2" [5 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Cauca departments of Colombia, Venezuela and Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations of 2500 to 3200 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial often in dense clumps with flexuous, pubescnt roots giving rise to an erect to pendent, unbranched, densely leafy stem carrying erect-patent, elliptic to lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, 5 nerved, sessile to the verruculose, imbricating sheaths leaves that blooms in the summer, late fall and early winter on an axillary, peduncle distinctly compressed, ancipitous, short, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, racemose, successively few, 6 to 12 flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, lanceolate, acute, shorer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, subglobose, purple flowers with the petals often pinkish and the lip white apically.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 46 Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay as S purpurea in error drawing ok;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok;

Die Orchideen lieferung #13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983 drawing ok;

Native Colombian Orchids VOl 6 COS 1998 drawing/photo ok;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:194 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide