Masdevallia venezuelana H.R.Sweet 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Triotosiphon ( Schltr. ) H.R.Sweet 1978

Photo by Eric Hunt

Full Shade WarmCool Spring

Common Name The Venezuelan Masdevallia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela in the coastal mountains west of Caracas in cloud forests at elevations of 760 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, close, thin tubular shaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to suberect, slender, 1.2 to 4" [3 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflroescence arisinfg from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Triotosiphon venezuelana (H.R.Sweet) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Page 266 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as M lansbergii drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela A Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 Drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Triotosiphon venezuelana; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Triotosiphon venezuelana drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;