Masdevallia oscitans (Luer) Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Gaping Masdevallia [refers to the wide open flower]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Brazil as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte, with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying, clumping, 5", erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute leaf that is narrowly cunaete into the petiole which blooms on a slender, erect, triquetrous, 4 to 6 3/5" [10 to 16.5 cm] long, successively many, single flowering inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract and thin, imbricating floral bracts holding the flowers well above the leaf.

The inflorescence often last for two seasons, bear 2" brownish orange flowers with short lateral tails occuring in the winter, spring and summer.

Synonyms Alaticaulia oscitans (Luer) Luer 2006; Masdevallia infracta subsp. oscitans Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia oscitans;