Dryadella guatemalensis (Schltr.) Luer 1978

Photo by A P Karremans

Plant & Flower

Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Guatemalan Dryadella

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in primary forests at altitudes around 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hotgrowing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, often purple suffused, coriaceous, narrowly linear, acute, narrowly linear below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a successively single flowered, very short inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and enveloped basally by a bract and has thin floral bracts.

Synonyms *Masdevallia guatemalensis Schltr. 1918; Masdevallia simula var. guatemalensis (Schltr.) Kraenzl.1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 551 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Manual de plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrrera & Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018