Masdevallia marthae Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

Side View Of Flowers Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Common Name Martha's Masdevallia [Mrs Posada - Colombian Orchid Grower Current]

Flower Size 1" [2 cm]

Found in west central Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that gradually narrows into the petiole and blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 1 2/5 to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract holding the flower at or just below leaf height.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia VOl 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 dawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;

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