Ron Hanko

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Posted on 02/18/2012

Photo taken on February  6, 2012

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Dryadella pusiola

Dryadella pusiola
Dryadella pusiola is a tiny orchid species from Colombia. The plant is about 5 cm tall and the tiny flowers are less than .5 cm. The Dryadellas were at one time classified with Masdevallias but the genus was separated from Masdevallia and now contains a small number of miniatures species with flowers that are similar in shape to this, though they vary in size and coloration. The genus is named rather aptly for the Dryads, the nymphs of the trees in Greek mythology.

It's a flower that sparks one's imagination, but I'll leave it to you to tell me what you see in the flower. In any case, I'm taking it in for judging a little later today and we'll see what happens. It's a species that's not been awarded by the American Orchid Society to my knowledge, so perhaps they'll give it some kind of recognition. There are pictures of the whole plant in a 3.5 cm on my blog. Added note: the judges gave it a Certificate of Horticultural Merit since it had not been recognized before.

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William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Superb capture!
3 years ago.