Masdevallia zygia Luer & Malo 1981 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874

Flower Closeup Photos by Ron Parsons and his Picasa Orchid Photo Website

Full Shade cold Spring

Common Name Zumbueler's Masdevallia [Paula Keeler nee Zumbueler American Orchid enthusiast and Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, imbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, subplicate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a terete, erect, 7.2 to 9.6" [18 to 24 cm] long, simultaneously 2 flowered [often with a 3 aborted flower above] inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract below the middle and another at the base as well as an inflated floral bract.

Synonyms Spilotantha zygia (Luer & Malo) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha zygia