Dryadella zebrina (Porsch) Luer 1978

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Plant and Flower

Photos by © Milan Vágner


Common Name The Zebra Dryadella

Flower Size 1/2" [1.5 cm]

Found in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia in damp forests, often with mist and fog late in the day and with a dry seasom in the late spring till fall at elevations of 1500 to 3400 meters as a densly caespitose, mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with narrowly oblanceolate, or linear lanceolate, thick, minutely bilobed apically leaves with the base concealed by several, short, membraneous sheaths that blooms in the spring through fall on a .4" [1 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence carrying a single campanulate flower held amid or below the leaves.

This species will grow in a cool, humid, semi-shaded situation with plenty of water and fertilizer in a fibrous well drained medium.

Synonyms *Masdevallia zebrina Porsch 1905; Masdevallia carinata Cogn. 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Masdevallia zebrina drawing fide; Orchids of Brazil 1993 McQueen 1993 photo fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 as Masdevallia zebrina drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 229 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller & Seehawer 2008 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 as D subulataphoto fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo ok;

Dryadella zebrina var alba

Photo by © Luis Filipe Varella

A white color version of the previous species