Dryadella susanae (Pabst) Luer 1978 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Warm EARLY Summer

Common Name or Meaning Susan's Dryadella [Ms Ferreira de Mello Brazilan Orchid Enthusaist current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Espirito Santo Brazil at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a very mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a suberect ramicaul enveloped by 2 thin, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, contracted below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, .04" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by a loose bract, with thin, imbricating floral bracts.

Vegetatively unique within Dryadella, this super miniature sized orchid has very small, thick, suberect, elliptical, overlapping leaves and forms dense mats.

Synonyms *Masdevallia susanae Pabst 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as Masdevallia susanae drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 3 1985 as Masdevallia susanae drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide;