Sertifera albiflora Szlach. Kolan. Medina Tr 2023 SECTION Sertifera Szlach & Baranow

Drawing by N Oledrzynska

partial shade Cool LATEWinterEARLY Spring

Common Name The White Flowered Sertifera

Flower Size

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia among shrubs in humid areas at elevations of 1600 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with fleshy, flexuous, pubescent roots giving rise to an erect, rigid, unbranched, leafy above stems carrying plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, sessile below leaves on densely reddish glandular sheaths that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a lateral, 1.6" [4 cm] long, subcapitate, densely successively few, 8 to 10 flowered inflorescence with subulate-lanceolate, acute, green, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying globose , pure white flowers or with the sepals white-greenish.

Distinguished by being the only species in the genus with white flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI

Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 489 Kraenzl. 1899 as Diothonea lehmanniana

*Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:199 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide