Masdevallia maloi Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae [Rchb.f] Veitch 1889 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Flower Detail Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Common Name Malo's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian discoverer of species]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This is a medium sized, robust, cool to cold growing Ecuadorian and Peruvian species found at altitudes of 1700 to 2900 meters in montane forests with stout, channeled, suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apcial, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptical, acute leaf that is gradually narrowed below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a suberect, stout, 1 3/5" to 5" [4 to 13 cm] long, green with purple spots, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular bract above the base and a tubular, purple speckled floral bract holding the solitary flower amid the leaves.

CAUTION Kew cites this one as a synonym of M virgo-cuencae but they seem far removed from each other in form so I leave them separate for now.

Synonyms Byrsella maloi (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list Has as a synonym of M virgo-cuencae NOT!, 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 Byrsella maloi; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella maloi drawing ok