Masdevallia strobelii H.R. Sweet & Garay 1966 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name Strobel's Masdevallia [German Orchid Collector in Ecuador 1900's]

Flower Size 1 to 1 1/2" [2 to 4 cm]

An epiphytic, mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing species from Ecuador and Peru on the lower branches of trees and fence posts along or near riverbanks at elevations around 1400 to 1700 meters with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf with the base cuneate into the slender petiole that blooms with a slender, suberect to horizontal, 1 15" to 1 4/5" [3 to 4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a floral bract holding the showy, fragrant [candy] flowers at mid leaf occuring in the early winter.

This species does well either potted or mounted if grown in cool to warm temperatures, kept moist, and given moderate light to heavy shade.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 5 1966 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 3 1983 photo; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 11 1987 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 11 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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