Masdevallia venatoria Luer & Malo 1983 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Frontal View Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Hunter's Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte that is found in southern Ecuador and northern Peru at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters with a blackish, slender, erect ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate into the blackish petiole and blooms on a basal, 3/4 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, suberect, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a thin tubular floral bract holding the flower below the leaves occuring in the winter.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide