Masdevallia schlimii Linden ex Lindl. 1846 SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Polyanthae Rchb.f 1874 Photo courtesy of Loruens Grobler

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Common Name Schlim's Masdevallia [Belgian Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size about 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Santander and Norte de Santander Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forests altitudes of 1800 to 3200 meters often in full sun as a small sized, cold to cool growing, caespitose epiphytic or lithophytic species with stout erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, tridentate apically leaf that is narrowed below into a petiolate base, blooming in the spring and early summer with an erect, 10 to 15" [25 to 37.5 cm] long, simultaneously 4 to 7 flowered, purple dotted, triquetrous, racemose inflorescence arising from near the base of the ramicaul with 2 to 3 distinct bracts and imbricating floral bracts holding the flowers at or above leaf height.

Synonyms Alaticaulia schlimii (Linden ex Lindl.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia polyantha Lindley 1846; Masdevallia schlimii var. polyantha [Lindl.] Woolw. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as M polyantha; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drwaing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia schlimii; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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