Masdevallia velella Luer 2002

SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae [Rchb.f]Veitch 1889

Front view showing apex of lip Photo by V N M Rao and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Full shadeHot LATERWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Small Curtain Masdevallia [refers to this species having a smaller synsepal [curtain] than M velifera]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia on the Carribean coast in rain forests near sea level as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the narrowly cuneate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, stout, single flowered, 1.2" to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Byrsella velella (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella velella; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007;