Masdevallia gemmula [Luer & V.N.M.Rao] comb novo Pfahl 2014 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Aphanes Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Warm Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Little Gem Masdevallia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador without specific locality at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, minutely verrucose, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, narrowly contracted below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect to suberect, proportionally stout, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence subtended by a bract near the base, arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular floral bract and holding the flower at midleaf to just above the leaf.

Synonyms *Luzama gemmula Luer & V.N.M.Rao 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama gemmula drawing fide; *Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia 2014 drawing fide;