Masdevallia dryada Luer & R.Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Dentatae [Luer] Luer 2000

Photo by Klaus Eisses

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part shade Cool Spring Fall

Common Name The Nymph Masdevallia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the narrowly cuneate, elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on an erect, slender to 3 to 4.6" [7.5 to 11.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular bract on the lower third and tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Petalodon dryadus (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Petalodon dryadus; *Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;