Masdevallia chimboensis Kraenzl. 1925 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986 Photo by R Parsons and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Rio Chimbo Masdevallia [Eroneously appllied as this species is from Valle de Cauca Colombia not Rio Chimbo Ecuador]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca Colombia in rainforests at elevations around 60 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a slender, ascending, 1.4 to 1.8" [3.5 to 4.5 cm] long, green flecked with purple, distant, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base and another below the middle and thin tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Luzama chimboensis (Kraenzl.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Luer 2000 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama chimboensis; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007