Dryadella marilyniana Luer 2006 TYPE Photo of Dryadella marilyniana "Okemos" CBR/AOS 2009 by Joyce Eliot and The American Orchid Society Dryadella Website

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

Deep Shade Warm Spring

Common Name Marilyn's Dryadella [Ms. Lee American Orchid Enthusaiast current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador without locality at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized, warm growingdensely casespitose epiphyte? with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear-obovate, acute t osubacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, .06 to .08" [1.5 to 2 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, enveloped by a membraneous bract and a thin, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts.

"Easily distinguished by the lack of tails and a deeply fringed lip. Most similar to D aurea but it does not ahve a fringed lip and it is yellow. The only other known species with anything like a fringed lip is D crenulata which has a denticulate lip margin and it has long tails." Luer 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010