Dryadella pachyrhiza Luer & Hirtz 1999

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Thick Root Dryadella

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in on the western slope of the Andes in Bolivar province of Ecuador at elevations 2700 to 3100 meters as a mini-miniature, cold growing, densely caespitose-fasciculate epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, more or less suffused with purple, narrowly linear, semi-terete, acute, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a sheath from low on the ramicaul, .16 to .2" [4 to 5 mm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"The leaves are narrowly linear, The sepals are acute and long acuminate, The obtuse petals are acutely angled on the upper margin of the apex and subacutely angled on the labellar margin, but the shapes and sizes of the angles are variable. The blade of the lip is more or less flat witha broadly rounded, minutely denticulate margin and a pair of eret, triangular calli on the disc." Luer 1999

Synonyms Dryadella acuminata Luer & Hirtz 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 as D acuminata drawing fide; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 as D acuminata drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide

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