Masdevallia aureoportensis (Luer & J.Leathers) J.M.H.Shaw 2016 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Golden Gate Park Conservancy Masdevallia [From Whence the species was obtained]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm] wide

Found without locational data as a small sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying an erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terete , erect, arising from a node low on the ramicaul, peduncle 6.4" [16 cm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, curved, congested, simultaneously 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence with inflated, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying overlapping flowers with white sepals sparsely spotted pale purple, transluscent petals and a white lip .

"This species is most similar to Madevallia tridens Rchb.f., but it differs with an erect, congested raceme of snow white flowers with thick, yellow tails." Luer 2012

Synonyms *Spilotantha aureoportensis Luer & J.Leathers 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer as Spilotantha aureoportensis drawing fide

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