Masdevallia ayabacana Luer. 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Durae Luer 2000 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo courtesy of David Morris and Clackmas Orchids

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Common Name Ayabaca Masdevallia [Peruvian Town]

Flower Size 1 1/4" wide [3 cm]

Found in Peruvian, cool montane rain forest at an altitude around 1200 to 1800 meters as a caespitose, miniature to just small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 2 to 2 1/2" long ramicauls which are enveloped by graduating, scarious, inflated, tubular sheaths with oblanceolate, acute, shortly apiculate, variable in size, thickly coriaceous, articulated to the ramicaul, dark green leaf with a deeply tapered and channeled petiole that blooms in the spring through fall on a 8 to 14" [20 to 35 cm]long, erect, 2 to 3 successive flowered inflorescence that is held way above the leaves and has 5 tubular, scarious, remote bracts.

The features unique to this species are the large flower, intense red-orange coloration, the truncate verrucose petals and a labellum with 2 longitudinal ridges that terminate into rugulose pads.

Synonyms Regalia ayabacana (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 289 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Regalia ayabacana; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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