Pleurothallis masdevalliopsis Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevalliantha Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Masdevallia-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador in scrub cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-linear, narrowly obtuse, narrowing below intothe subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the ramicaul below the apex.

CAUTION All photos that I can find on the net marked Pleurothallis masdevalliopsis are actually Synonyms Andinia masdevalliopsis (Luer) Karremans & Mark Wilson 2017; Masdevalliantha masdevalliopsis (Luer) Szlac & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Masdevalliantha masdevalliopsis;