Dryadella linearifolia (Ames) Luer 1978

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of Belize Botanic Gardens and their Belize Botanic Garden Webpage

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Common Name The Linear-Leafed Dryadella

Flower Size 1/4" [.8 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in dense tropical forests at elevations up to 650 meters as a mini-minature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, short ramicauls carrying a single, apical, linear to linear-oblanceolate, obtuse and obliquely tridenticulate apically, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the summer on a short, single flowered inflorescence subtended by several scarious, apiculate bracts. Similar to Dryadella simula but differs in the conspicuously caudate sepals, sharply toothed lip plate and the long, narrow decurved column wings.

Synonyms *Masdevallia linearifolia Ames 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correl 1952 as Masdevallia linearifolia; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 as Masdevallis linearfolia; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Hamer 1974 as D simula; Icones Orchidacerarum 5-6 Plate 552 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing ok; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo good;