Masdevallia vittatula Luer & R.Escobar 1996 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Little Striped Masdevallia

Flower Size .2" [1 cm]

Found in Narino Colombia and northern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, long-petiolate, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the spring on a congested, simultaneously several flowered, 6 3/4" [17 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 2, distant, tubublar bracts below the middle and thin, inflated floral bracts that enclose the pedicel and ovary

Differs from M caloptera by having smaller flowers, a smooth [not fringed] dorsal sepal, longer sepaline tails, oblong fringeless petals and a smaller deeply channeled lip

Said by some to be a synonym of M biflora

Synonyms Spilotantha vittatula (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha vittatula; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha vittatula drawing ok;

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