Dryadella fuchsii Luer 1999 Drawing by Carl Luer and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Warm Cool LATER Summer Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name or Meaning Fuchs' Dryadella [American Orchid Nurseryman and collector later 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica at elevations around 500 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dark green, suffused with purple along the margins, narrowly linear-obovate, subacute to acute, gradually narrowing below into the ill-defined, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer, fall and early winter on an erect, .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with thin, purple speckled floral bracts.

Similar to the Andean D simula but much smaller and is distinguished from it byslender leaves less thatn 1.2" long, smaller, shorter stemed flowers, shortly tailed sepals, petals with an acute angle on the lower margin instead of a typical lobule and a lip with a small pair of acute, antrorse calli just above the middle.

Synonyms *Masdevallia espirito-santensis Pabst 1973

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide;

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