Masdevallia ximenae Luer & Hirtz 1991 SUBGENUS Meleagris Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool summer

Common Name Ximena's Masdevallia [Mrs. Hirtz Ecuadorian Codiscoverer of Species Current

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet forests at elevations of 1250 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coricaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below in to the slender, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, congested, successively few flowered, 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, racemsoe inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and has a bract below the middle and thin, tubular, imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms Rodrigoa ximenae (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 22 Luer & Dalstroem 1997 watercolor/drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Rodrigoa ximenae; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Rodrigoa ximenae drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;