Masdevallia mejiana Garay 1970 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Reichenbachianae Woolw. 1896

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Common Name Mejia's Masdevallia [Colombian Orchid Grower and Discoverer of species]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia on the western slopes of the central cordillera at elevations of 500 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, tufted, epiphyte with generally erect leaves that is with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, suberect, fleshy-coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse leaf that gradually narrows into the petiole that blooms in the winter with 1 or 2 flowers per ascending, 4" [10 cm] long, terete inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a floral bract holding the campanulate, fragrant spicy scented flowers at or at mid-leaf height.

Synonyms Reichantha mejiana (Garay) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 #3 1982 photo fideSystematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996 photo; 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Reichantha mejiana ; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016;