Masdevallia aurorae Luer & M.W.Chase 1993 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part ShadeCoolSpring

Common Name Aurora's Masdevallia [Sra Bennett Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pasco Peru in elfin forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 thin, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, suberect to ascending, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long peduncle, single flowered inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul, with a thin bract in the lower third and a tubular floral bract, holding the single flower well above leaf height.

Synonyms Luzama aurorae (Luer & M.W.Chase) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama aurorae

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