Masdevallia schmidt-mummii Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Marni Turkel and Her Stony Point Website

Common Name Schmidt-Mumm's Masdevallia [German Colombian Orchid Enthusiast 20th cen]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This miniature sized, cool to cold growing, epiphytic species discovered in 1976 and is from Colombia in cloud forests at an elevation of 1800-2600 meters with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute leaf that gradually narrows below into the petiole and blooms in the fall on a slender, suberect, 3 1/5" to 4 2/5" [8 to 11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract that has a solitary flower nestled amidst the leaves.

The flowers are distinguished by the long slender, crossed tails of the lateral sepals as well as the forward and downward curved, dorsal sepal tail.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;

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