Masdevallia carmenensis Luer & Malo 1978 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Another Angle Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Angle Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard and his Orchideen Website

Common Name The El Carmen Masdevallis [Town in Ecuador]

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

Found as a mini-miniature sized, pendant growing epiphyte in cloud forest at elevations of 1000 to 2726 meters and as such is a cool to cold growing orchid from Ecuador and Colombia with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 short, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate into the slender petiole that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, single or successively few flowered, horizontal to pendant, 2 to 2 2/5" [5 to 6 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract holding the flower amid the leaves.

Synonyms Luzama carmenensis (Luer & Malo) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama carmenensis; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama carmenensis drawing fide;

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