Dryadella rodrigoi Luer 1999

Photo by Lynn O'Shaughnessy

TYPE Drawing

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

Deep Shade Fall

Common Name or Meaning Rodrigo's Dryadella [R Escobar Colombian Orchid Enthuisiast 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, densely caespitose epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly linear, semiterete, acute, the epetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, less than .08 to .16" [2 to 4 mm] long, congested, successively single, few flowered inflorescence enveloped by a bract, arising from the middle of the ramicaul with thin, imbricating floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the very narrowly semi-terete leaves and broadly ovate, obtuse sepals with tails about .04" [1 mm]long, Most disitnctive are the oblique, narrowly acute petals obtusely angled on the upper margins and with a short, acute apiculum on the labellar margin. Also unusual for the genus is the long, narrow column and even longer column foot." Luer 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 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #5 2011 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;