Masdevallia albella Luer & Teague 1991

SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Agroriente and their Peruvian Orchid Website.


Common Name The Little White Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador to northeastern Peru at elevations of 900 to 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epipjhyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a singel, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a suberect, slender, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and a tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 Drawing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide