Masdevallia olmosii Königer & Sijm 2003 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluziae SUBSECTION Zahlbrucknerzae Luer 2000

Photo by © Tom Sijm

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Common Name Olmos' Masdevallia [German Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .74" [1.85 cm]

Found in Bocas del Toro department of Panama at elevations around 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphtye with 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.

Very similar and sometimes said to be a synonym of M zahlbruckneri but differs in the shorter column, decurved petals and the smaller more repent lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 as M zahlbruckneri; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;