Dressleria eburnea (Rolfe) Dodson 1975

Inflorescence Photo by Calaway Dodson/Harold Hills and Taxonomic Revision of Dressleria [Orchidaceae, Catasetinae] Harold Hills Website

Common Name The Ivory White Colored Dressleria

Flower Size

Found from Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests on low trees along the margins of grasslands at elevations around 570 to 900 meters as a medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with slightly compressed, conical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, imbricating, leafless below and leaf-bearing above sheaths carrying 5 to 6, green, plicate leaves that are basally clasping to the leaf sheaths which blooms in the fall on a basal, lateral, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, racemose, to 8 flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by 3, imbricating, inflated sheaths and carrying very fragrant flowers.

Dodson cited all south American species of Dressleria as D eburnea but this has turned out to be false. D eburnea has never been collected in South America. If cited as northeastern Colombia or westernmost Venezuela it is D kalbreyeri. If cited for westernmost Colombia it is D kerryae or D morenoi. If cited as southwestern Colombia it could be D williamsiana but to date it has not been collected there. If cited for Ecuador the correct species name is either D fragrans, D dodsoniana or D williamsiana. D dodsoniana can also be found in northenmost Peru. D aurorae and D bennettii come only from Peru.

Synonyms Catasetum dilectum var. suave (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Teusch. 1972; *Catasetum suave Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930; Dressleria suavis (Ames & C. Schweinf.) Dodson 1975

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Catasetum eburneum drawing ok; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Catasetum suave drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 668 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as D suavis drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 as D suavis; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo good; *Hills, H.G. 2012. Taxonomic revision of Dressleria (Orchidaceae, Catasetinae). Phytoneuron 2012-48: 128. Published 23 May 2012. ISSN 2153 733X photo fide