Masdevallia dynastes Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Nidificia Luer 2000 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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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, warm 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; 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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