Masdevallia zahlbruckneri Kraenzl. 1921 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Zahlbrucknerae 2000 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Common Name Zahlbruckner's Masdevallia [Austrian Botanist early 1800's]

Flower Size 3/4" [1.85 cm]

This mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte is found from Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia in montane rain forests in deep shade on larger tree branches at altitudes of 400 to 2000 meters with an erect, 1/5 to 1/4" [5 to 6mm] long, stem enveloped by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, fleshy, elliptic-ovate, obtuse leaves that gradually narrow into the sub-petiolate base blooming in the spring on a prostrate to descending, 1 1/5" to 2 3/4" [3 to 7 cm]long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and tubular floral bracts with succesive single flowers held horizontally well below the leaves.

Synonyms Masdevallia humilis Luer 1980; Zahleria zahlbruckneri (Kraenzl.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 142 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 543 Dodson 1982 as Masdevallia humilis drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1561 Atwood 1993 drwaing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drwaing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Zahleria zahlbruckneri; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Zahleria zahlbruckneri drawing ok;