Masdevallia garciae Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers Photos by of © Milan Vágner

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Common Name Garcia's Masdevallia [Venezuelan Collector of Species]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

This mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphytic plant is found in coastal Venezuela at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters in rain forests with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2, loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole that has a single flowered, slender, erect, 1 3/4" to 2" [4 to 5 cm] inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract and a purple dotted, floral bract with the flower held below the leaves.

Synonyms Alaticaulia garciae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as M striatella drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 as M striatella drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as M striatella drawing fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 Vol 7 1996 photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia garciae ;

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