Masdevallia brachyantha Schltr. 1929 SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Polyanthae Rchb.f 1874 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Warm Cool

Common Name The Short Flowered Masdevallia [refers to the short inflorescence]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Bolivia at elevations of 1200 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, thin, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrolwy obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the stout, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, erect, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, witha bract above the base with a tubular floral bract, holding the single flower at mid-leaf height.

Synonyms Alaticaulia brachyantha (Schltr.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia brachyantha

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