Masdevallia mutica Luer & R.Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Fissae Luer 2002 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeCold FallWinter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Tailess Masdevallia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in El Choco' and Valle de Cauca Colombia without specific locality at elevations around 2000 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, acute to subacute, gradually narrowing below into the slender, blackish petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on an erect, slender, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and an inflated, tubular, floral bract.

Synonyms Fissia mutica (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Fissia mutica; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;