Masdevallia graminea Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Grass-Like Masdevallia

Flower Size 1/5" [5mm]

Found in southwestern Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations around 1750 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubublar sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, congested, simultaneously several [8] flowered, racemose, 1 1/4" [3 cm] long inflorescence arsing from low on the ramicaul with 2 to 3 close, but distant tubular bracts and thin floral bract.

Synonyms Spilotantha graminea (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha graminea; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha graminea drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;