Masdevallia dalestroemii Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Full Shade ColdEARLYSpringr

Common Name Dalestroem's Masdevallia [Swedish Botanist and Orchid Painter, Discoverer of species, Current

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in central Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2650 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, suberect, 6.8" [17 cm] long, loose, racemose, simulataneously several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and an inflated floral bract.

Synonyms Spilotantha dalstroemii (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 25 Luer & Dalstroem 2000 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha dalstroemii; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha dalstroemii drawing fide;

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