Masdevallia pumila Poepp. & Endl. 1837 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo courtesy of Ron Hanko

Specimen Plant Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Marni Turkel

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Common Name The Dwarf Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

A Venezuelan, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Bolivian mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte from wet montane and cloud forests on tree trunks at elevations of 500 to 2350 meters with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute leaf that gradually narrows into the indistinct, blackish petiole that blooms with a solitary flower on a slender, semi-pendant inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin sheath near the base and a thin, tubular floral bract holding the flower below the leaf occuring in the winter and spring.

Synonyms Masdevallia filamentosa Kraenzl. 1925; Masdevallia grandiflora C. Schweinf. 1951; Masdevallia tenuipes Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as M tenuipes; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 550 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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