Masdevallia atahualpa Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae [Rchb.f]Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Erica Moron de Abad and Her Biorquidtropic Peru Lab Web Page

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Common Name Atahualpa's Masdevallia [Last King of the Incas]

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

A small sized, epiphytic, northwestern Peruvian species with stout, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thickly coriaceous, oblong, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the stout petiole that blooms in the spring an suberect, stout, 1 1/5 to 1 4/5" [3 to 4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin basal bract and a losse tubular floral bract holding the large, fleshy flower at the base of the leaf blade.

Synonyms Byrsella atahualpa (Luer) 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella atahualpa; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo not = ?

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