Masdevallia filamentosa is an orchid species identified by Kraenzl. in 1925. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Masdevallia pumila.
ORIGIN: A Venezuelan, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Bolivian mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte from wet montane and cloud forests on tree trunks at elevations of 500 to 2350 meters.
DESCRIPTION: A Venezuelan, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Bolivian mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte from wet montane and cloud forests on tree trunks at elevations of 500 to 2350 meters with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute leaf that gradually narrows into the indistinct, blackish petiole that blooms with a solitary flower on a slender, semi-pendant inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin sheath near the base and a thin, tubular floral bract holding the flower below the leaf occurring in the winter and spring.
FLOWER SIZE: 1 1/2 inches [4 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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