Masdevallia empusa Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Hobgoblin Masdevallia [an allusion to the appearrance of the flower]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador to central Peru at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute leaf that gradually narrows below into the base and blooms in the spring on an erect, congested, successively few flowered, racemose, triquetrous inforescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a tubular basal bract and imbricating, thin floral bracts carrying sometimes 2 simultaneous flowers often only one

SynonymsAlaticaulia empusa (Luer) Luer 2006; Masdevallia jimenezii Königer 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 25 Luer & Dalstroem 2000 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia aenigma; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia empusa drawing fide