Masdevallia phoebe Luer & Hirtz 2005 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade Warm Summer

Common Name Phoebe's Masdevallia [Greek Moon Goddess an allusion to the shape of the synsepal]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the insdistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, triquetrous, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a basal bract and a thin, tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Alaticaulia phoebe (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Part 5 Luer 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia phoebe; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia phoebe drawing fide;