Masdevallia gemmula [Luer & V.N.M.Rao] comb novo Pfahl 2014 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Aphanes Luer 1986

Photo by Malli Rao

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Warm Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Little Gem Masdevallia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador without specific locality at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, minutely verrucose, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, narrowly contracted below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect to suberect, proportionally stout, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence subtended by a bract near the base, arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular, just shorter than the pedicel floral bract and holding the flower at midleaf to just above the leaf.

"Closely related to M mentosa but distinguished by a smaller habit and a peduncle shorter than the minutely verrucose leaves. Except for the smaller size, the pale rose flowers variously suffused with purple are superficially similar. The paterals are acute with a low obtuse callus and the lip is simply obtuse." Luer 2006

Synonyms *Luzama gemmula Luer & V.N.M.Rao 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Luzama gemmula drawing fide; * Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia 2014 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;