Masdevallia hians Linden & Rchb.f. 1854 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Drawing? Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name The Gaping Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline cup]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander Colombia in subparamo forests at elevations of 2600 to 3250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, acute to subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, erect, 1.6 to 2.6" [4 to 6.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Luer 2001 drawing hmm; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007