Masdevallia navicularis Garay & Dunst 1976 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Another View Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders


Common Name The Small Boat Masdevallia [refers to the synsepal's shape]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in eastern Colombia in the department of Norte de Santander and western Venezuela as a small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte in cloud forests at elevations of 1700 to 2600 meters with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriacaeous, elliptical to narowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the petiolate base and blooms in the spring on an erect congested, 12" [30 cm] long, successively several to many, single flowered, racemose, suberect, triquetrous inflorescence that lengthens as it successively blooms, arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract and a thin, imbricating floral bract holding the solitary flower that does not open well above the leaf.

Synonyms Alaticaulia navicularis (Garay & Dunst.) Luer 2006;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia navicularis; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;