Masdevallia chuspipatae Luer & Teague 1994 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986 Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Chuspipata Masdevallia [Town In the Yungas, Bolivia]

Flower Size 1 3/5" x 4" [4 x 10cm]

Found in the Yungas Mountains of Bolivia in forests at elevations up to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole that blooms on a slender, suberect, 2 3/5" to 2 4/5" [6.5 to 7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a floral bract holding the sweetly fragrant flower at mid-leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 21 Luer & Dalstroem 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo;