Masdevallia boliviensis Schltr. 1913 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

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Common Name The Bolivian Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" wide [2 cm]

Found in Bolivia near La Paz at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte on mossy tree trunks with erect, slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms on a erect, slender, 2 2/5 " to 4 2/5" [6 to 11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract near the base and a thin, tubular floral bract and holding the flower well above the leaf.

Synonyms Masdevallia boliviensis subsp leucophaea [Luer & Vasquez] Luer 1988; Masdevallia leucophaea Luer & Vasquez 1984;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 55: 198. Luer & Vasquez 1984 as M leucophaea; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 as Masdevalia leucophaea; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 as M boliviense ssp leucophaeae photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 as M boliviense ssp leucophaeae photo fide;

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