Seegeriella crothersii Pupulin & H.Medina 2009

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Guido Deburghgraeve/TYPE Drawing by Vierling


Common Name Crothers' Seegeriella [Samuel Crothers, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, who participated in the collection of the type specimen Current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in tropical wet forests at elevations around 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose repent epiphyte with narrowly elliptic-ovate pseudobulbs enveloped basall by 3 to 4, conduplicate, rectangualr, scarious leaf sheaths with hyaline, scarious margins and carrying 1 to 2, apical or articulate to the sheaths, laterally flattened, linear-subfalcate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the later fall on a lateral, arising from the \upper leaf sheaths, begining erect, becoming arching, paniculate, primary branches to .8" [2 cm] long, secondary branches to .02" [5 mm] long, peduncle terete, .6" [1.5 cm] long, provided with 1 to 2 loose, ovate, acute-acuminate, membraneous bracts, rachis 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acuminate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Seegeriella crothersii mainly differs from S. pinifolia by the laterally flattened, ‘‘equitant’’ leaves (vs. subulate), the paniculate inflorescence, provided with short secondary, apically 2-flowered branches (vs. simple, subumbellate, few-flowered in S. pinifolia), the diminutive size of the lip, approximately half of the length of the sepals and petals, provided with comparatively short lateral lobes (vs. subequal to the sepals, the lateral lobes long), and the color of the perianth, provided with greenish yellow sepals and white lip (vs. concolorus white)." Puppulin and Medina 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30(1): 72–75 A Second Species of Seegeriella (Orchidaceae: Oncidiinae) Pupulin/Medina 2009 photo/drawing fide