Masdevallia strattoniana Luer & Hirtz 2002 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Aphanes Luer 2000 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep shade CoolSummer

Common Name or Meaning Stratton's Masdevallia [Tom Thumb's real name - World's smallest man]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with suberect to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a prostrate to pendant, .6" [1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle and at the base and a thin, infundibular floral bract holding the flower beneath the leaves.

Checked type, drawing and photo W3Tropicos OK

Synonyms Luzama strattoniana (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 2002; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama strattoniana; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama strattoniana drawing ok