Masdevallia lenae Luer & Hirtz 1991 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by © Helge Vindennes

Another Flower? Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Full shadeWarmCool Spring

Common Name Lena's Masdevallia [Mrs. Dalstrom Swedish co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 600 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, suberect, triquetrous, 4 to 4.4" [10 to 11 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and tubular, imbricating floral bracts.

CAUTION The first photo although out of focus seems to fit very well but I am a bit unsure of the second determination but it may be correct, the only major difference here is the split between the tails of the synsepal. In the type the split does not go to close to the middle of the synsepal, it just barely enters.

Synonyms Alaticaulia lenae (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006; Masdevallia gracilior Königer & J.Portilla 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part One Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia lenae ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia lenae drawing ok

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------