Masdevallia leucantha F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1921 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

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Common Name The White-Flowered Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 1400 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped basallly by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, petiolate, narrowly elliptic-obovate, acute leaf that is gradually narrowed below into an indistinct petiolate base and blooms in the later summer on a slender, suberect, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a bract below the middle and a floral bract and holding the large single, glabrous flower below the leaf.

This species is distinguished by the large, solitary, white flower with a narrow sepaline tube and deflexed, ovate, free portions of the lateral sepals merge into the slender tails.

Synonyms Masdevallia chiguindensis Kraenzl.1925; Masdevallia chiquindensis Kraenzl. 1925 common spelling error

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;