Dryadella cristata Luer & R.Escobar R. 1982

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers

Photo by 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, cool growing 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 into the base leaf that blooms in the summer 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 ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 Drawing photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #7 2007 photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Caudca Colombia Vol 3 Kolanowska Szatchetko 2014 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2016 photo ok; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;