Dryadella edwallii [Cogn.]Luer 1978 Photo courtesy of Dale Borders

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by OrchidMania


Common Name Edwall's Dryadella [Swedish Orchid Collector Early 20th cen] - The Partridge in the Grass Orchid -

Flower Size 1 to 1 1/4" [2.5 to 3 cm]

This mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte is found in Brazil at elevations around 1300 meters with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, leathery, linear-spathulate, obtuse, narrowing below into the base, dark green leaf and has a short, 3/4" [2 cm] inflorescence that arises from the leaf base most often during the summer but possible at other times of the year.

Synonyms *Masdevallia edwallii Cogn. 1880

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Trigonanthe edwallii drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 as Masdevallia edwalii; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;