Masdevallia pumila Poepp. & Endl. 1837 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Ron Hanko

Specimen Plant

Photo by Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Marni Turkel


Common Name The Dwarf Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane and cloud forests on tree trunks at elevations of 500 to 2350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute leaf that gradually narrows into the indistinct, blackish petiole that blooms with a solitary flower on a slender, semi-pendant inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin sheath near the base and a thin, tubular floral bract holding the flower below the leaf occuring in the winter and spring.

Synonyms Masdevallia filamentosa Kraenzl. 1925; Masdevallia grandiflora C. Schweinf. 1951; Masdevallia tenuipes Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as M tenuipes; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 550 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #8 2017 photo fide;