Masdevallia boliviensis Schltr. 1913 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Flicker Orchid Photostream

Another View Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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 ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 as Masdevalia leucophaea; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide