Masdevallia gentianoides Luer & J.Leathers 2010 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Gentiana-Like Masdevallia [refers to the flowers similarity to the flowers of Gentiana L.]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a miniature sized epiphyte with erect, stout ramicuals enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a relatively stout, erect to suberect, 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorecence with a bract above the base and arising from low on the ramicaul.

The lip is oblong with marginal folds and is only found in M os-draconis within the subsection Saltatrices. The flower resembles a purple form of M constricta but the species is actually closer related to M ventricularia.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2006 drawing fide