Masdevallia zumbae Luer 1993 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Dogtooth 77 and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Zumba Masdevallia [A town in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature to just small sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a stout, arising from the base of the ramicaul, with a basal bract, erect, triquetrous, 10 to 11.2" [25 to 28 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence and whitish, tubular, imbricating, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to M vargasii but differs in the sharp, erect carina of the petals and the proportionally smaller, oblong, bilaboate leip. Also similar to M kuhniorum but differsin the much longer peduncle and the narrow carina of the petals." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia zumbae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia zumbae; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo good;