Dryadella obrieniana plate
Dryadella obrieniana plate from
The Genus Masdevallia

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Dryadella
Luer 1978
Type Species
Dryadella elata

Dryadella abbreviated as Drya. in horticultural trade, is a genus of miniature orchids, formerly included in the genus Masdevallia.


There are about 40 species, distributed from southern Mexico to southern Brazil and northern Argentina.


Plants are typically composed of a tuft of leaves from 3 to 6 cm long. The small (1-2 cm) flowers are often conspicuously spotted, and are borne at the base of the leaves.


Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Plants are best mounted on treefern fibers or cork, but also can be potted in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.


This genus is named after dryads, mythological nymphs of trees and forests.


  1. Trigonanthe [Schlechter] Brieg. 1975

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