Masdevallia chaucana Luer & Hirtz 2005 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Chauca Masdevallia [A town in Eastern Ecuador]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] wide

Found in southwestern Ecuador on the western slopes of the foothills of the Andes at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, suberect to horizontal, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and another in the lower quarter, and has a tubular floral bract

Synonyms Luzama chaucana (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama chaucana ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama chaucana drawing ok