Masdevallia martiniana Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeHotFallWinter

Common Name or Meaning Martin del Hierro's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian Co-Discoverer of species]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador around 200 to 300 meters usually on trees overhanging water in the hot lowlands of Amazonian Ecuador as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, stout, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a an erect, triquetrous, congested, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with a bract at the base of the ramicaul and imbricating floral bracts.

CAUTION This one is close in all respects, but the type has very short open tails on the synsepal and this one has short crossed tails

Synonyms Alaticaulia martiniana (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia martiniana ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia martiniana drawing ok other than the crossed tails.

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