Pleurothallis dryadum Schltr. 1922 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Acuminatae Lindley 1859

Photo by Luis Felipe Varela.


Drawing by Helmut Seehawer

Common Name The Forest Living Pleurothallis

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janiero and Minas Gerais states of southeastern Brazil in primary mossy cloud forests at elevations of 900 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature, cool growing epiphyte most often found growing on Vellozia trees on high windy slopes with an erect ramicaul carrying a single, coriaceous, narrow, acute, light green, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and again in the fall on erect, short, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence holding the flowers just above the succulent like leaves.

This species and P ourobranquensis are very similar but differs mostly in this one having from 1 to 6 flowers per inflorescence while P ourobranquensis always has 2 flowers.

Synonyms Anathallis dryadum (Schltr.) F.Barros 2004; Pabstiella dryadum (Schltr.) Luer 2008; Pleurothallis maculosa Garay 1951; Specklinia dryadum (Schltr.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 186. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923not No Ill = Pleurothallis picta Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 21: t. 1797 (1835; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing ok/photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia dryadum; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis dryadum photo fide