Masdevallia vieirana Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Zahlbrucknerae 2000 Photo by Pat Vuurman

Another Angle Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Vieira's Masdevallia [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations of 500 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, subacute leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, suberect to descending, 1 2/5" to 2 2/5" [4 to 6 cm] long, inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying a single flower sequentially followed by a second and held at mid-leaf.

Synonyms Zahleria vieirana (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Zahleria vieirana; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;