Masdevallia whiteana Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Angle Photo courtesy of Dale Borders.


Common Name White's Masdevallia [American Submitter of species 20th cen]

Flower Size 1" [2.2 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru as a small sized, cool to cold growing caespitose epiphyte in damp forests at elevations of 1500 to 2250 meters with erect, stout, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate leaf that gradually narrows into an indistinct, channeled petiole that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, 9 3/5" to 15 1/5" [24 to 36 cm] long, successively opening, several flowered, triquetrous inflorescence arising from near the base of the ramicaul with white, imbricating floral bracts and one flower appearing at a time held well above the leaf.

Synonyms Alaticaulia whiteana (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 102 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia whiteana; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia whiteana drawing fide