Masdevallia naevia Luer & V.N.M.Rao 2005 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Another View Photos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep Shade Cool ColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Birthmark Masdevallia [refers to the dark spot at the base of the dorsal sepals tail]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 2 basal sheaths and another above and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the elongate, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract in the lower quarter, suberect, 4.4" [11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorer than the pedicel floral bract.

"Related to M xsnthina but the most distinguishing feature is the conspicuous, black spot covering the base of the tail of the dorsal sepal and adfacent part of the blade. Characterized vegetatively by larger, oblong leaves and a longer peduncle. The dorsal sepal is longer with the distal third concave and with the thickened tail pointing forward. The lip is elliptical, thin and fetureless on the disc and at the apex." Luer 2005


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 28 Luer & Dalstroem 2006 watercolor fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok