Masdevallia venus Luer & Hirtz 2000 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade Hot Spring

Common Name The Venus Masdevallia [Goddess of Love and Beauty]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by a loose, tubular sheatha and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a stout, erect, to 10.4" [26 cm] long, congested, racemose, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul with a basal tubular bract and thin, imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms Alaticaulia venus (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum XXI Masdevallia Part 21 Luer 2000 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 26 Luer & Dalstroem 2001 watercolors fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia venus; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia venus drawing fide