Dryadella liliputiana [Cogn.] Luer 1978 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photos by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens


Common Name The Liliputian Dryadella [Refers to the smallness of the plant]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, erect, clustered leaf, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphyte from Sao Paulo state in Brazil at elevations of 700 to 1700 meters that has no pseudobulbs, erect ramicauls on a short rhizome carrying a single, apical, erect to erect-spreading, rigid, subterete, canaliculate, fleshy, slightly arcuate, linear-fusiform, acute leaf, and has many very short .48 to .64" [1.2 to 1.6 cm] long inflorescence with membraneous, subpellucid, white bracts and carrying solitary flowers held just below leaf height that appear in the winter if kept in moist, warm to cool conditions.

Synonyms Dryadella melloi (Pabst) Luer 1978; Dryadella paranaensis (Schltr.) Luer 1978; *Masdevallia liliputiana Cogn. 1906; Masdevallia melloi Pabst 1977; Masdevallia paranaensis Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Masdevallia liliputiana drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Masdevallia paranaensis drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as Masdevallia melloi drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil 1993 McQueen 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;