Masdevallia ligiae Luer & R.Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

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Common Name Ligia's Masdevallia [Mrs Posada Colombian Orchid Nurserywoman current]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm cm]

Found in Colombia as a natural hybrid between M venticularia and another unidentified species without specific locality as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, suberect then horizontal, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base

This species is a volunteer hybrid occuring in greenhouses in Ecuador.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Luer 2002 drawing fide;