Masdevallia strattoniana Luer & Hirtz 2002 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Aphanes Luer 1986

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade CoolSummer

Common Name or Meaning Stratton's Masdevallia [Tom Thumb's real name - World's smallest man]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with suberect to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a prostrate to pendant, .6" [1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the middle and at the base and a thin, infundibular floral bract holding the flower beneath the leaves.

Synonyms Luzama strattoniana (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 2002; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama strattoniana; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama strattoniana drawing ok; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;