Dryadella hirtzii Luer 1980 Photo by Florzinha de Estufa blogspot.com

Another Flower Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name or Meaning Hirtz's Dryadella [Ecuadorian Discoverer of Species Current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 3400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceosu, purple suffused towards the base, narrowly linear-obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on a very short, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a thin floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 2 2000 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010

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