Masdevallia smallmaniana Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Zahlbrucknerzae Luer 1986

Side View of Flower

Lip Detail Photos by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Deep Shade Cold Winter

Common Name or Meaning Smallman's Masdevallia [English Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador without locality at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse,gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a bract near the base, arising from low on the ramicaul and has a tubular floral bract and holding the flower at leaf height.

Synonyms Luzama smallmaniana (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Luer Masdevallia Part 4 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama smallmaniana;

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