Masdevallia nijhuisiae Luer & Sijm 2006 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Cold Fall

Common Name Nijhuis' Masdevallia [Adriana Sijm nee Nijhuis co-collector of species]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador at elevations around 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, slender, 4" [10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a bract near the base, from low on the ramicaul and has a tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 drawing fide