Masdevallia ventricularia Rchb.f 1878 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

Front View of Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl

Head On View

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website. Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower in situ - Ecuador

and EARLY

Common Name The Small-Bellied Masdevallia

Flower Size to 4 1/2" [8 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, Ecuadorian and Colombian, epiphytic species found in cloud forests on tree trunks close to the ground at elevations of 1700-2500 meters with slender erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, oblong-lanceolate, petiolate, sub-erect to spreading, coriaceous leaf gradually narrowing below into the petiole that blooms in spring and early summer on a terete, slender, erect to suberect, to 4" [10cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a membraneous, apiculate floral bract bract that is holds the solitary, tubular flower among the leaves. Either potted or mounted suit this species if it is given cold to cool temperatures, constant moisture, high humidity and heavy shade.

Synonyms Masdevallia ventricularia var brevicaudata Kraenzl. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 11 1987 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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