Masdevallia don-quijote Luer & Andreetta 1985 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986

Side View Of Flower

Plant and Flower

Photos courtesy of Marius Wasbauer

Another Plant Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty


Common Name Refers to the flowers forward facing long, lance-like dorsal sepal, and the lateral sepals resembling the bowed legs of a horseman carrying a lance that brings to mind the fictional character]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte in Ecuador at elevations of 1000 to 1700 meters with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical , thickly coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the stout petiole that blooms in the spring on a congested, racemose, successively flowered, slender, erect, triquetrous, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long inflorescence that arises from the base of the ramicaul with imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms Alaticaulia don-quijote (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 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia don-quijote; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia don quijote drawing fide