Masdevallia plantaginea (Poepp. & Endl.) Cogn. 1896 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

Head On View Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade Warm Cool Winter

Common Name The Plantago-Like Masdevallia

Flower Size .15" [.3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 ribbed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the slender, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a gradually elongating, very slender, to 6" [15 cm] long, suberect to reclining, loose, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

Synonyms Humboltia plantaginea (Poepp. & Endl.) Kuntze 1891; Masdevallia capillaris Luer 1982; Pleurothallis plantaginea (Poepp. & Endl.) Lindl. 1842; Luzama plantaginea (Poepp. & Endl.) Luer 2006; *Specklinia plantaginea Poepp. & Endl. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 21 Luer & Dalstroem 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Part 2 Masdevallia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama plantaginea; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama plantaginea drawing fide