Masdevallia bottae Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Side View Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Marni Turkel.

Common Name Botta's Masdevallia [Salesien Missionary and CoDiscoverer of Species- Current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found only in Ecuador in rainforest at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, obtuse to rounded apically leaf that is cuneate into the slender, blackish petiole that blooms in the spring on a slender, suberect, 1 3/5" to 2 3/4" [4 to 7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract holding the flower at leaf height.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 21 Luer & Dalstroem 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 photo/drawing fide