Masdevallia utriculata Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Durae [Luer] Luer 2000

Photo by Eric Hunt

Side View of Flower

Photo by Wiel Driessen

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cold Fall Winter

Common Name The Small Bladder Masdevallia [refers to the base of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Panama and Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramcauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblong-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a stout, suberect to horizontal, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the middle and with a tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Regalia utriculata (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Masdevallia part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo hmm; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Regalia utriculata; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;