Dryadella liliputiana [Cogn.] Luer 1978 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of 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 epiphyte from Sao Paulo state in Brazil that has no psuedobulbs, erect stems 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 [1.2 to 1.6 cm] inflorescence with membraneous, subpellucid, white bracts and solitary flowers held just below leaf height that appear in the winter if kept in moist warm to cold 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 ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;