Masdevallia filaria Luer & R.Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower

Flower Closeup

Photos by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Thready Masdevallia [refers to the wiry tails of the flower]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in the central and western cordilleras of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters as a , mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, petiolate, narrowly elliptical, obtuse leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect to suberect, [3 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract above the base.

Cited by some sources as a synonym of Masdevallia ventricularia but there are several obvious differences so I will leave them separate pending more research.

Synonyms Masdevallia ventricularia var longicaudata Lehm. 1898; Masdevallia ventricularia ssub. filaria [Luer & Escobar] Luer 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide;