IOSPE PHOTOS

Masdevallia nitens Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Guido Deburghgraeve and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Side View of Flowers

Photo by Klaus Eisses

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Shining Masdevallia [refers to the bright flowers]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, erect, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the base of the ramicaul with a bract near the base.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;

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