365 days of orchids – day 380 – Dryadella edwalii

  This miniature relative of Masdevallia is native to the Mata Atlantica cloud forests of Eastern Brazil. Students recorded Dryadella species on our 2005 expedition to Brazil on their trek up to Velutina ridge (the habitat of Cattleya velutina) The dryadellas were growing on the lower trunks of stunted trees in elfin forest near a […]


365 days of orchids – day 379 – Frondaria caulescens

One of our tiny orchids today with flowers that really require a dissecting microscope to appreciate. The species has a very unusual growth habit  of short stiff growths and a thin terminal spike. This is the only species of Frondaria and grows in cloud forest from Colombia to Peru at altitudes from 1300 to 3200m […]


365 days of orchids – day 377 – Pleurothallis ruscifolia

  Pleurothallis ruscifolia is a medium sized plant that produces clusters of small yellow flowers several times during the year. This is an orchid we found growing abundantly in cool wet forest in Costa Rica on the Poas volcano at an altitude of around 1400m. The photo below was taken in Costa Rica by one […]