Masdevallia amaluzae Luer & Malo 1978 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

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Common Name The Amaluzae Masdevallia [A town in Southern Ecuador]

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

This species hails from Ecuador and Peru at altitudes of 1500 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms in the fall on a horizontal, slender, 2" [5 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Luzama amaluzae (Luer & Malo) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama amaluzae; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as luzama amaluzae photo/drawing fide;

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