Dryadella speculifera Vierling 2018

TYPE Drawing

Photo /TYPE Drawing by Vierling

Common Name The Shining Spot Dryadella [refers to the shiny spot on the lip]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm] wide

Most likely found in tropical America as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 papery, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, leathery, slightly warty, wedge shaped, tapering towards the base leaf that blooms in the winter on a short, .08" [2 mm] long, enveloped by a bract of equal length, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with cone-shaped, acute floral bracts.

"It differs from the similar Dryadella simula, by two vesicles on the epichile of the lip. The epichile is completely covered (with the exception of a narrow border) up the entire apical part of the lip with a damp lucid coating. The coatings brilliance is due to the fact, that it consists of an unknown liquid which supposedly attracts potential pollinators." Vierling 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 4(14): 96 Vierling 2018 photo/drawing fide