Dryadella cristata Luer & R.Escobar R. 1982 Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Crested Dryadella [refers to the crested midvein of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia without locality as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrows below intot he base leaf that blooms on a successively few flowered, congested, 1/10" [3mm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin, acuminate bract and thin, acuminate, imbricating floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005

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