Masdevallia doucetteana sp. nov. Pfahl 2014 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Comparison photo with Masdevallia nivea

Type Drawing

Photos/Drawing by Alfonso Doucette

Common Name Doucette's Masdevallia [American Pleurothallidinae Taxonomist student current]

Flower Size 1.36" [3.4 cm]

Found in Colombia where it presumably grows as an epiphyte in cloud forests. The plants are miniature, caespitose herbs with obovate, petiolate leaves 4-7 cm long x 1.5-2.0 cm wide, and short stems, 1.0-2.0 cm long, enveloped by 2-3 loose papery sheaths. The single flowered inflorescences can arise at most any time of the year and produce white flowers that are held horizontally from the plant. The peduncle is terete, 7.2 cm long x 0.2 cm wide. The pedicel is terete, 1.0 cm long x 0.2 cm wide. The ovary is sulcate, 0.7 cm long x 0.2 cm wide. The dorsal sepal is ovate, white becoming translucent towards the minutely fimbriate margins, suffused with golden-yellow towards the base, 1.5 cm long x 1.4 cm wide, and abruptly contracted into a yellow or green tail at the apex, 2.9 cm long. The lateral sepals are similar in morphology to the dorsal sepal but have entire to minutely errose margins, are slightly larger 1.8 cm long x 1.0 cm wide, and are contracted into a shorter tail 2.5 cm long. The petals, 0.4 cm long x 0.2 cm wide, and the lip, 0.4 cm long x 0.3 cm wide, and the column, 0.4 cm long x 0.15 cm wide, are typical for the subsection Caudatae.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;