Salpistele dressleri Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Salpistele

Drawing by Woodstream Orchids Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Boat Shaped Petal Salpistele

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Panama near Fortuna dam at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a more or less creeping, flexuous, 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from high on the ramicaul with an oblique floral bract.

"Distinguished by the narrow, yellow brown sepals, a slender but deeply concave or boat-shaped dorsal sepal and synsepal, slender, linear petals, a much smaller lip with slender, sparsely long-ciliate lateral lobes and descending midlobe and a comparitively small, elliptical surface of the apex of the column." Luer 1991

Synonyms Stelis cymbisepala Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002; Stelis dressleri (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing fide; Lindleyana 16(4): 262. 2001 as Stelis dressleri; Lindleyana 16(4): 262. 2001 as Stelis dressleri; *Lindleyana 17(2): 98-99. 2002 as Stelis cymbisepala