Dryadella linearifolia (Ames) Luer 1978

Photo by Moises Behar

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Plant and Flowers

Photos by Belize Botanic Gardens and their Belize Botanic Garden Webpage


Drawing by Carl Luer

full shade Hot WarmSummer

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 to warm 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; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacerarum 5-6 Plate 552 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo good; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018