Masdevallia strumosa P.Ortiz & E.Calderón 2002 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by © Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz

Full Shade Cold LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Swollen Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 3000 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later winter and early spring on a slender, erect, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and a tubular floral bract and holding the flowers at mid leaf height.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #1 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide