!Dryadella elata (Luer) Luer 1978

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation a the Jany Renz Hebaria Website


Common Name The Stately Dryadella

Flower Size 1/5 [.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in tropical, moist forests as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte at elevations of 0 to 600 meters with erect, slender, very short ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, apical, narrowly lanceolate leaf that is conduplicate below into the petiole and blooms in the fall through spring on a very short erect, single flowered inflorescence that arises from the apex of the ramicaul and held close to the leaf.

There are many misrepresentations of this species out there, the correct D elata has giant [for the flower size], elephant ear-like petals and an erose margined pink lip]


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 056 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 PHOTO fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;