Masdevallia valenciae Luer & R. Escobar 1986 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Luer & Escobar 1986 Photo by Andreas Philipp

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander Colombia in cloud forests at an elevation of 2900 meters and is a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte occuring in cloud forests 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 ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 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;

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