Dryadella meiracyllium (Rchb.f.) Luer 1978


Photo by S Manning/Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Cool Cold Summer

Common Name The Little Strap Dryadella [probably refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1880 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear to semiterete, acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, short, congested, successively single few flowered inflorescence arising near the apex of the ramicaul, with a bract near the base and thin floral bracts.

Synonyms *Masdevallia meiracyllium Rchb.f. 1886

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Speci. nova. regni vergetabilis Band VI, II Colombia 1920 as Masdevallia meiracyllium; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;