Masdevallia albella Luer & Teague 1991 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photo by Isaias Rolando

Another Orchid

Photo courtesy of Agroriente and their Peruvian Orchid Website.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Little White Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador to northeastern Peru at elevations of 900 to 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a singel, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a suberect, slender, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and a tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 Drawing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide