Masdevallia aptera Luer & L.O'Shaughn. 2004 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Cold

Common Name or Meaning The Wingless Masdevallia [refers to the wingless lip and petals]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, more or less erect, 2" [5 cm] long including the 1" [2.5 cm] long peduncle, single flowered inflorescence with a bract at the base arising from low on the ramicaul and has a thin tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide