Masdevallia excelsior Luer & Andreetta 1981 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Another Aspect Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by San Fransisco Conservatory of Flowers.

Common Name The Outstanding Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

A small sized, caespitose, cool to cold growing, cloud forest, epiphytic species and occasional terrestrial found in Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2300 meters with stout erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate leaf tapering to a long petiolate base that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 10" [25 cm] long, successively few, triquetrous, single flowered inflorescence with a basal bract and a tubular floral bract carrying the distant flowers each occuring well above the previous and all held above leaf height.

Synonyms Alaticaulia excelsior (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drwaing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia excelsior; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 photo fide;