Masdevallia ludibundella Luer & R.Escobar 1995 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Part shadeCool TO Warm LATERSpring

Common Name The Smaller Ludibunda Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia but without locality as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing presumaby epiphytic orchid with erect slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the later spring on an erect, slender, 2 2/5" to 2 3/4" [6 to 7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and has a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract and carries a fragrant single flower.

This species is differentiated from M ludibunda by it's flower that is held 2 to 3 times higher than the leaves and very short tails [about 15mm] on the sepal and a suberect dorsal sepal with a suberect tail, instead of a decurved one. This species was found in a collection in the USA and has never been found in situ.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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