Masdevallia dalessandroi Luer 1985 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Whole Flower opening Photo by Jay Pfahl

Whole Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name Dalesandro's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian discoverer of species late 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte found in southeastern Ecuador at an elevation of 1000 to 2000 meters in cloud forests and with an erect, slender, blackish ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths carrying a single, erect, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, dark green leaf mottled grey beneath with a long petiole that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, erect, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base carrying a single flower held at mid-leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003 Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide;