Masdevallia merinoi Luer & J.J. Portilla 1999 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle

Common Name Merino's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian collector of Species current]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Southern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate below into a petiole and blooms on an suberect to horizontal, slender, 1/4 to 1/3" [7 to 8 mm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a bract near the base and another on the lower quarter and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Luzama merinoi (Luer & J.Portilla) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama merinoi ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama merinoi drawing ok