Masdevallia alismifolia Kraenzl. 1921

SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Andreas Phillip

Deep shadeCold LATESummerWinter

Common Name The Alisma-Like Leaved Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia in scrub cloud forests on lower branches or on the ground in deep leaf litter at elevations around 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphtye or terrestrial with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2 shorter sheaths and a tubular, loose, larger one above and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through winter on an erect, slender, 3.2 to 5.6" [8 to 14 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from above the base of the ramicual, with a tubular bract below the middle and a floral bract with the flower held at the height of the base of the leaf


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978; Thesaurus Masdevalliarum Vol 14 erroneously identified as M laevis; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 26 Luer & Dalstroem 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;