Masdevallia pygmaea Kraenzl.1925 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986 TYPE For the Section

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Full shadeWarmTo CoolFallWinterSpring

Common Name The Dwarf Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2.1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador in premontane rainforests on shady branches at elevations of 700 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, cylindric stems enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, fleshy, linear-lanceolate, apiculate leaf that blooms in the fall and winter-spring on a single flowered, .6" [1.5 cm] long inflorescence and has echinate ovaries and seed capsules.

Synonyms Diodonopsis pygmaea (Kraenzl.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001; Masdevallia muriculata Kranzlin 1925; Masdevallia exiga Ames & Schweinf. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1554 Atwood 1993 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Diodonopsis pygmaea; 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; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Diodonopsis pygmaea; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo maybe; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Didionopsis pygmaea drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #2 2020 as Didionopsis pygmaea photo fide