Masdevallia ludibunda Rchb.f. 1882 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Lincolnshire Orchid Group Website

Common Name The Sportive Masdevallia [Probably an illusion to the belief at that time that it was a natural hybrid between M caudata and M estradae not]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base

Synonyms Masdevallia estradae var. ludibunda (Rchb.f.) Woolward 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007