Masdevallia loui Luer & Dalström 2003 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by © Lou Jost

TYPE Drawing Drawing by © Carl Luer

Deep shade Cool Spring

Common Name Lou's Masdevallia [Lou Jost American Orchid Enthusiast in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pastaza province of Ecuador in humid forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicuals enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a descending, triquetrous, congested, .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with a bract at the base and arising from the base of the ramicaul with a tubular, oblique floral bract.

Synonyms Alaticaulia loui (Luer & Dalström) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia loui;