Masdevallia abbreviata Rchb. f. 1878 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photo by Lourens Grobler.

White Flowers

Plant and White Flowers

Photo by Milan Vagner.

Side View Of Inflorescence

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt.


Common Name The Small Masdevallia

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in subtropical, evergreen cloud forests of the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with short, terete ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, oblong-oblanceolate, retuse, coriaceous, carinate leaf with a long, channeled petiole that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, slender, 12" [30 cm] long, terete, successively few to several [7] flowered inflorescence with a tubular bract near the base and conspicous, ovate, concave floral bract that is longer than the ovary.

Synonyms Spilotantha abbreviata (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 082 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2003 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha abbreviata drawing fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;