Sertifera aurantiaca C.Schweinf. 1946 SECTION Aurantiacae Szlach & Baranow

Drawing by P Baranow

Deep Shade Cold LATER Fall

Common Name The Orange Sertifera

Flower Size

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia and Merida state of Venezuela, at elevations around 2000 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with fleshy, flexuous roots, erect, slender stem branched in the upper half with the branches 1 to 2.4" [2.5 to 6 cm] long, and carrying in the spical 1/3rd, plicate, lanceolate to lanceolate-ovate, narrowly acute, sessile to the imbricating sheaths, leaves that blooms in the fall on lateral, to 1" [2.5 cm] long, loosely 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying tubular, glabrous, orange flowers.

"Separated from all other Sertifera by the branched stems and tubular, yellow-orange flowers, all other species have an unbranched stem with rose, purple or violate flowers The lip is exceptional as it is distinctly constricted in the middle and devoid of the transverse ridge characteriztic of all other species of Sertifera." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Revista Acad. Colomb. Ci. Exact. 6: 573 Schweinfurth 1946

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:188 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide