Dryadella aviceps (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978 Photo by Noe Cheung and Cal Photos Database Website

Plant and flower Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Bird's Head Dryadella

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Parana and Sao Paulo states of Brazil ast elevations of 310 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with erectramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thicklyu coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate belowintothe subpetiolate base leaf that blooms on a congested, successively few flowered, [1 to 2 mm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with imbricating, thin floral bracts and a sheath below.

Synonyms Dryadella obrieniana (Rolfe) Luer 1978; Dryadella silvana F.Barros 1995; Masdevallia aviceps (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1878; Masdevallia bradei Schltr. ex Hoehne 1936; Masdevallia obrieniana Rolfe 1890; Masdevallia sessilis Barb.Rodr. 1898; Masdevallia simula var. obrieniana (Rolfe) Kraenzl. 1925; *Pleurothallis aviceps Rchb. f. 1871

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Pleurothallis aviceps; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Masdevallia aviceps; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as Masdevallia obrieniana drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Masdevallia obrieniana drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as D obrieniana; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005