Masdevallia manchinazae Luer & Andreetta 1988-9 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

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Common Name The Manchinaza Masdevallia [A Region in Ecuador]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cool, moist intermontane valleys of the lower reaches of the dry sierra at elevations of 1750 to 1890 meters as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with 1 to 1 1/2" long, blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular, sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate below into the blackish petiole from which a slender, terete, 1 1/5" to 3" [3 to 7.5 cm] long, inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract with a single, large for the plant, flower held at leaf height all occuring in the spring. This species is separated from others by the "V"-shaped median furrow of the labellum which also has the lateral margins slightly revolute, the prominent purple veins on the sepals and the long caudae.

Synonyms Luzama manchinazae (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 087 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 24 Luer & Dalstroem 1999 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama manchinazae; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo not see M sanchezii; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama manchinazae drawing close to fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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