Dryadella aviceps (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Bird's Head Dryadella

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Parana and Sao Paulo states of Brazil as a mini-miniature sized, cool to warm 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; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001 as D obrieniana; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005