Dryadella vitorinoi Luer & Toscano 2002

Photo by Roberto Martins and his Picssr Orchid Photo Website

Side View of Flower

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer & Toscano and Selbyana 23[2] Toscano & Luer 2002

Full shade LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name Vitorino's Dryadella [Sr Castro Brazilian Orchid Enthusiast and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Espirito Santo state of Brazil without locational data as a mini-miniature sized, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear-obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a very short, peduncle less than .04" [1 mm] long, arising from low on the ramicaul, enveloped by a loose sheath, single flowered inflorecence with thin, imbricating, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"This species is apparently endemic in Brazil, having been first collected by Vitorino Paiva Castro Neto of Sao Paulo. Dryadella vitorinoi is similar to the common and widely distributed D. aviceps, but the former is distinguished by the acute sepals and comparatively long, erect, bilobed petals. The upper lobes meet over the lip while the lower lobes rest on the low, transverse callus of the lateral sepals." Luer & Toscano 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 23[2] Toscano & Luer 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide