Masdevallia deniseana Luer & J.J. Portilla 2001 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Denise's Masdevallia [English Orchid Nurserywoman Current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found only in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, suberect, 1 3/5" to 2 1/4" [4 to 5.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract.

Only a few Masdevallia have small obtuse, petiolate base leaves and a relatively large, yellow to yellow-orange flower, they are M cranion, M glomerosa and M medinae.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;

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