Masdevallia strumifera Rchb.f. 1886 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers in situ Cundinamarca Colombia

Plant and Flowers in situ Cundinamarca Colombia Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Goiter Carrying Masdevallia [refers to the prominent mentum]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests to dwarf forests at elevations around 2000 to 3750 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with blackish, erect, coriaceous ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, dark green mottled with black, coriaceous, petiolate, narrowly elliptical leaf that gradually narrows below into the slender blackish petiole and blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 1 to 4.2" [2.5 to 11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a bract above the base and tubular floral bracts and holding the flower above the middle of the leaf height

Synonyms Masdevallia chrysochaete F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1925; Masdevallia maxillariiformis F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:152 Schlechter 1924 as M chrysochaete; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok