Dryadella aurea Luer & Hirtz 1999

Plant and Flowers Photos by Milan Vagner

Common Name or Meaning The Golden Dryadella [refers to the flowers color]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte at elevations around 700 to 950 meters with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear-obovate, acute, gradually narrows below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congested, successively single flowered, .4" [1 cm] long, racemose inflorescnece arising from low on the ramicaul and enveloped by a sheath and carrying thin, imbricating floral bracts..


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide/photo fide; Of Mice and Men Part 1 Jenny 2015 photo fide