Masdevallia medinae Luer & J.Portilla 2001 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo by Lourens Grobler

Side View of Flower

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Deep shadeCool Spring

Common Name Medina's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian Orchid Collector current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, sub-erect to sub-horizontal, 1.6 to 1.8" [4 to 4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract.

Only a few Masdevallia have small obtuse, petiolate base leaves and a relatively large, yellow to yellow-orange flower, they are M cranion, M glomerosa and M deniseana

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Part 3 Masdevallia Luer 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide

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