Masdevallia oreas Luer & R. Vásquez 1981 SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Polyanthae Rchb.f 1874

Color Variation

Side View of Flower Photos by Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.

Part shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Mountain Masdevallia [Oreas A mountain nymph of Mythology]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in central Bolivia at elevations of 2000 to 2200 meters in cloud forests as a mini-miniature, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute leaf that gradually narrows below into the petiole and blooms in the spring on an erect, terete, congested, 2/5" [1 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Alaticaulia oreas (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0249 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia oreas; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;