Masdevallia parvula Schltr. 1921 SUBGENUS Meleagris Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Erica Moron de Abad

Common Name The Very Small Masdevallia [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subacute, cuneate below into the narrowly conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, erect, 4 [10 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a thin bract below the middle and a thin, imbricating floral bract

Synonyms Masdevallia diversifolia Kraenzl. 1925; Rodrigoa diversifolia [Kranzl.] Braas 1979; Rodrigoa parvula (Schltr.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevellia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Rodrigoa parvula; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;