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Dryadella edvallii

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    Default Dryadella edvallii

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    Known as the "partridge in the Grass" orchid which will not mean much unless you know the partridge - a bird found (at least) in UK and sometimes shot for sport - although it makes a nice casserole if the flesh is kept moist e.g. with bacon - but since this is not a cookery or gourmet forum I'll leave that subject.
    The genus is a close relative of masdevallia, as you can guess , but rather dwarf. The flowers are perhaps 2cm across. A pretty little thing , quite easy under masdevallia conditions - not too warm, humid, dampish even, and light dappled shade. I have a recollection of being told that it was discovered by someone on an orchid tour at the Rio Atlantic Reserve who fell off the path ( on one of the mountain ridges there) and finding their hand resting on the plant. Whether that was the first ever sighting , or merely the first discovery of it on that particular site, I am not sure - but that Reserve is closely associated with a guy who specialises in seed collection, flasking and raising seedlings, so it most probably came into cultivation this way, at least.
    Whichever it is, it is surely very serendipitous to fall off a path and find a new orchid ! !

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    I like that! (I always like your stories, even when you stray into culinary neighborhoods.)

    I have a little one of these, mounted on cork, but it's not as happy as it should be. I struggle to keep the humidity that it wants. Someday, though, I'll see a little flower - I know it! In the meantime, I'll show my husband what that little darling will look like some day.

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    Quite amazing! And "Partridge in the Grass" is truly fitting! (I am familiar with the bird, from flush to table, LOL.)

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    This one is a beauty, love it.

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    Oh my, that is so pretty. What a great orchid. Love the spotted blooms.

    cheers,
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    A wonderful species! I grow mine on cork mount, matter of fact I grow all of my Dryadellas on mount. They don't do well in pots for me.

    BTW, there is a spelling error--it is adwallii

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    Superb plant and all!!!

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    Mmm, bacon!

    Very cute plant and lovely flowers ... particularly for a Dryadella. Great close up as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-19951 View Post
    A wonderful species! I grow mine on cork mount, matter of fact I grow all of my Dryadellas on mount. They don't do well in pots for me.

    BTW, there is a spelling error--it is adwallii
    I see that I made a mistake in that it should be a "w" and not a "v" , but the initial letter "e" is correct in IOSPE.

    So edwalli .

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