Masdevallia dynastes Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Nidificia Luer 2000

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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Common Name The Excellent Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at altitudes of 1400 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and sometimes terrestrial orchid with slender, erect, green with purple dots ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, subacute leaf that is gradually narrowed below into the channeled petiole which blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and an inflated floral bract.

Synonyms Buccella dynastes (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Buccella dynastes ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Buccella dynastes drawing fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/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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