Masdevallia bennettii Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Luc Pegram Cape Town South Africa

Another Flower Photo by Erica Moron de Abad and Her Biorquidtropic Peru Lab Web Page

Another Angle

Photos by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Common Name Bennett's Masdevallia [Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast and Discoverer of species Current]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in central Peru at elevations around 780 meters as a hot to warm growing, mini-miniature sized epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apcial, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into an elongate, cuneate, channelled, petiolate leaf that blooms in the winter on a congested, successively flowered, racemose, slender, triquetrous inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul and subtended by a thin bract and carrying tubular, imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms Alaticaulia bennettii (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 084 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevellia Part 4 Luer 2002 index; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia bennettii; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide