Masdevallia virens Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Milan Vagner

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Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shade Cool Fall Winter

Common Name The Greenish Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe and Morona-Santiago provinces of southeastern Ecuador and northeastern Peru at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base, erect, triquetrous, 4.8 to 5.6" [12 to 14 cm] long, successively few, single flowered inflorescence with white, papery, imbricating, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and holding the flower well above the leaf.

"Characterized by the medium sized habit with the peduncle surpassing the leaf. The fleshy green flowers are produced successively ina congested raceme. The sepals are connate into a sepaline tube that is more or less laterally compressed with the lateal sepals shallowly connate, less than half their length. The 3 free protions of all 3 sepals are antrorse and broad, scarcelt tail-like." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia virens (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevalia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia virens; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia virens drawing fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;