Masdevallia lilianae Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Photo courtesy of Erica Moron de Abad and Her Biorquidtropic Peru Lab Web Page

Head On View

Photo by Ron Parsons

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Lillian's Masdevallia [Mrs Severin - American Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 4 1/4" to 6.2" [11 to 16 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from above the base of the ramicaul, with a thin bract on the lower third and a tubular floral bract

Masdevallia melina has been offered as a synonym of this species and could be, more research is nessesary, Obvious differences are the length of the lateral tails and if they are recurved or not. M lilianae has longer, recurved tails.

Synonyms Byrsella lilianae (Luer) Luer 2006;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevellia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella lilianae; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;