Masdevallia guttulata Rchb. f. 1877 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Mauro Rosim

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Small-Spotted Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/8" to 3/4" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago, Pastaza and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador along watercourses, at elevations of 400 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, hot to cool growing epiphytic species with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute leaf that gradually narrows below into a petiole and blooms mostly in the winter on an suberect, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a basal bract, stout, triquetrous, congested, successively several single flowered inflorescence with thin, imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts that holds the single flower at or well above leaf height.

Separated from others in the section by the whitish sepals with minute tufts of red hairs within as well as the apices of the lateral sepals are usually triangular and tailess but occasionally some narrowing is present that creates a short, broad tail apically.

SynonymsAlaticaulia guttulata (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia guttulata Rolfe 1890; Masdevaliia lawrencei Kraenzl. 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 not = M norae; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing not = M norae; Orchids of Venezuela; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = M norae; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo not; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia guttulata; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia guttulata drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;