Masdevallia hortensis Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Meleagris Luer 1986

Closeup of flower showing the unique knob at the apex of the dorsal sepal hood

Photos by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Garden Masdevallia [Refers to the orchid occuring near the town of Jardin which in spanish is Garden]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in western Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly obovate-elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the elongate petiole that blooms in the spring on an erect, congested, successively single flowered, 2 1/8" to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract all and holding the flower well above the leaf.

According to Luer the most unique identifier for this species is the presence of a knob at the apex of the dorsal hood where the apical tail begins.

Synonyms Rodrigoa hortensis (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 2 1984 photo/Drawing fide; Colombian Native Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Rodrigoa hortensis; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;

Checked type plant W3Tropicos