Masdevallia zahlbruckneri Kraenzl. 1921 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Zahlbrucknerae 2000

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Plant and Flower

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Common Name Zahlbruckner's Masdevallia [Austrian Botanist early 1800's]

Flower Size .74" [1.85 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia in montane rain forests in deep shade on larger tree branches at altitudes of 400 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, stem enveloped by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, fleshy, elliptic-ovate, obtuse leaves that gradually narrow into the sub-petiolate base blooming in the spring on a prostrate to descending, 1.2" to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and tubular floral bracts with succesive single flowers held horizontally well below the leaves.

Synonyms Masdevallia humilis Luer 1980; Zahleria zahlbruckneri (Kraenzl.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Epidendra Website CR ;

* Phytologia 46: 350 Luer 1980 as M humils; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 142 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 543 Dodson 1982 as Masdevallia humilis drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1561 Atwood 1993 drwaing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Zahleria zahlbruckneri; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Zahleria zahlbruckneri drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #1 2012 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide