Masdevallia os-viperae Luer & Andreetta 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Duane McDowell

TYPE Drawing

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

Deep shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Snake's Mouth Masdevallia [A fanciful allusion to the gaping flower]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, suberect, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a bract above the base, arising from low on the ramicaul and has a tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;