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Close up of Drymoanthus adversus flower
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
Subtribe: Aeridinae
Genus: Drymoanthus

Drymoanthus, commonly known as midget orchids is a genus of epiphytic orchids in the family Orchidaceae. Plants in this genus are relatively small and unbranched with thick roots, narrow crowded leaves and small scented green flowers with a white labellum. There are four species, found in Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.


Orchids in the genus Drymoanthus are small, unbranched, epiphytic herbs with thick roots, a thin stem, narrow, crowded, thin, leathery leaves and small, short-lived green flowers with a white labellum. The sepals and petals are similar to each other although the petals are slightly shorter. The labellum is white, boat-shaped, unlobed and stiffly attached to the column.

Taxonomy and naming

The genus Drymoanthus was first formally described in 1943 by William Henry Nicholls and the description was published in The Victorian Naturalist.

Four species are accepted by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families:

  • Drymoanthus adversus (Hook.f.) Dockrill - New Zealand including Chatham Island
  • Drymoanthus flavus St.George & Molloy - New Zealand
  • Drymoanthus minimus (Schltr.) Garay - New Caledonia
  • Drymoanthus minutus Nicholls - Queensland
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