Masdevallia valenciae Luer & R. Escobar 1986 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Andreas Philipp

Flower Closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Valencias' Masdevallia [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at an elevation of 2900 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the spring on a slender, erect to suberect, 1 2/5" to 1 3/5" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying the flower below the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 #3 1986 drawing fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide;

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