Masdevallia berthae Luer & Andreetta 1989 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Aphanes Luer 1986

Plant and Flower

Photos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCoolWinter

Common Name or Meaning Bertha's Masdevallia [Mrs Portilla, Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiasts current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous narrowly elliptical, obtuse to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, 2" [5 cm] long, erect then pendant, successively single, to 5 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the middle and another at the base and has tubular floral bracts.

Checked Type Drawing W3Tropicos OK

Synonyms Luzama berthae (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurtothallidinarum Vol XXI Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo ok?; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama berthae; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama berthae drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;