Masdevallia luziaemariae Luer & R.Vásquez 2001 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Cool Fall

Common Name Luzia Maria's Masdevallia [Senora Boerner, Bolivian Orchid Enthusaist]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1550 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicuals enveloped by an inflated tubular sheath and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a straight, arising from the base of the ramicaul, with a tubular bract at the base, erect, triquetrous, congested, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence -= with imbricating, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the large, narrowly obovate leaf that is about twice as long as the triquetrous peduncle. The flower is large with a broadly expanded synsepal beyond the short, cylindrical sepaline tube. The tail of the dorsal sepal is elongate and erect, while the tails of the lateral sepals are shorter and descending. The narrow, elongateed petals protrude a short distance from the orifice of the tube. The plicate lip is narrowed above the middle with the apex decurved and apiculate." Luer 2001

Synonyms Alaticaulia luziaemariae (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Madevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia luziaemariae;