Masdevallia venatoria Luer & Malo 1983 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Frontal View

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Hunter's Masdevallia {A dedication to all that hunt orchids]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador and northern Peru at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte that is with a blackish, slender, erect ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate into the blackish petiole and blooms on a basal, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, suberect, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a thin tubular floral bract holding the flower below the leaves occuring in the winter.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;