Masdevallia niesseniae Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Coccineae Veitch 1889

Another Angle Photos courtesy of Lisa Thoerle

Common Name Niessen's Masevallia [Andrea Niessen Colombian Orchid Nurserywoman current]

Flower Size 2" wide [5 cm]

Found in southern Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing orchid with erect, channeled ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, white, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apcial, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 9 1/4" [23 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from above the base of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a thin, tubular floral bract


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 24 Luer & Dalstroem 1999 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part 5 2003 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;