Dryadella greenwoodiana Soto Arenas, Salazar & Solano 2002 publ. 2003

Photo by Patricia Harding


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

Deep Shade Cool Cold EARLIERSummer

Common Name or Meaning Greenwood's Dryadella [Canadian Orchid Enthiusast in Mexico later 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in northern Oaxaca Mexico and Guatemala in pine/oak liquimbar forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, subtrigonus, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the ill-defined, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier summer on an erect, .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with thin, imbricating floral bracts.

This mini orchid has the only non-linear leaves of the Mexican Dryadella.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Plate 550 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 # 12 2006 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo ok; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018