Sertifera major Schltr. 1924 SECTION Racemosae Szach & Baranow

Photo by © Diego Calderon and his Birding In Colombia Flickr Photo Website


Drawing by © P Baranow

partial shade Cold

Common Name The Major Sertifera [refers to the long inflorescence with more noticible flowers]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Nariño and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 900 to 2900 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with filiform, tomentose roots giving rise to a rigid, unbranched, leafy erect, rather slender, leafy the entire length stems carrying spreading, plicate, ovate-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, constricted below the apex, sessile below leaves on adpressed, imbricating, tubular sheaths that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a lateral from the leaf axils, compressed, 4.8" [12 cm] long, secund, loosely successively few, many flowered inflorescence with deltoid, acuminate, much shorter than the ovaries floral bracts.

"The all purple flowers and reniform lip separates this species from others in the genus. All other purple flowered specis have a white lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 27: 19 Schlechter 1924

Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 drawing fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:189 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide