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

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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.

The superficially similar M deburgraevei differs from M chuspipatae by a shorter and proportionately wider sepaline tube with shorter tails. The tube is snow white with a small, dark spot above the base, instead of white suffused with orange below the middle. The petals are distinctly unguiculate with long processes above the claw that curve to meet below the column. The lips of these two species are superficially similar." Luer 2012

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; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer

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