Masdevallia clandestina Luer & R.Escobar 1982

SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Klaus Eisses



Watercolor by Stig Dalstrom/TYPE Drawing by Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part shade ColdLATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Ascending Masdevallia

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander department Colombia and Tachira department of Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations of 2600 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the narrowly cuneate, elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, slender to 2 to 2.6" [5 to 6.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular bract below the middle and a thin, tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 16 #1 1983 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;