Dryadella yupanki ( Luer & R.Vásquez ) Karremans 2016

Photo by © S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant in situ Bolivia

Photo by © José Luis Panozo Añez

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Common Name The Yupanki Dryadella [refers to the Incan Yupanki, whose stone buildings, now in ruins, supports this species]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Santa Cruz department of Bolivia at elevations of 1900 to 2500 meters as a repent, mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, repent lithophyte with a stout rhizome adpressed to the substrate giving rise to a prostrate, thickly coriaceous, smooth, suffused with dark purple, broadly elliptical, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on a successively single flowered inflorescence with an as long as to longer than the pedicel floral bract.

"This minute, creeping lithophyte and possible epiphyte has tiny, broadly elliptical, overlapping leaves appressed to the moosy stone and has a purple flower as large as the leaf. The glabrous sepals are connate near the middle inot a subcircular flower. The petals are obongand obtuse and the lip is smooth and oblong with minute, acute, marginal angles just below the middle." Luer 2006

Synonyms Incaea yupanki (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006; Masdevallia hornii Königer 1991; Phloeophila yupanki (Luer & R.Vásquez) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Pleurothallis yupanki Luer & R.Vásquez 1984; Specklinia yupanki (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as Pleurothallis yupanki;

Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 as Pleurothallis yupanki photo plant only good/drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia yupankii;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Incaeae yupanki drawing good;