Masdevallia mutica Luer & R.Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Fissae Luer 2002

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCold FallWinter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Tailess Masdevallia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in El Choco' and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia at elevations around 2000 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, acute to subacute, gradually narrowing below into the slender, blackish petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on an erect, slender, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and an inflated, tubular, floral bract.

Synonyms Fissia mutica (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Fissia mutica; 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;