Dryadella cuspidata Luer & Hirtz 1999

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo WebPage

Type Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Warm Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Cuspidate Dryadella [refers to the pair of triangular, toothlike processes of the column]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 600 to 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptical, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a, erect to .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence holding the flowers beneath the leaves.

CAUTION !! The photo above agrees with the description in all points other than the cuspidate column which in the photo is not apparent so please use with caution


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidiarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;