Dryadella dressleri Luer 1999

Photo by Azucena Briones

TYPE drawing

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

Common Name Dressler's Dryadella [American Orchidist in Panama current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Canal Zone and Colon provinces of Panama in lowland forests at elevations around 100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphtye with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a .05 to .1" [1 to 2 mm] long, single flowered successive, racemose inflorescence with thin, imbricating longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to D sorocorula but the habit is small but the tranversely banded flowers are nearly as large as those of the similar Dsimula from the Andes. The three sepals are narrowly ovate and more or less thickly caudate, the tails almost as long as the blaades. The saggitate petals are simlar to D sororcula. The characteristic lobule below the apex of the petal of D simula is not present. In common with D sororcula the blade of the lip is deeply channeled centrally between the calli." Luer 1999

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination so please use with caution! The Type drawing by Carl Luer is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Luer 2005 drawing fide