Masdevallia mendozae Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Plant and Flowers

Lip Detail Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

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Common Name Mendoza's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusisast - 20th cen]

Flower Size 1/4" [.06 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, southern Ecuadorian, cool to cold growing, epiphytic species found in cloud forests growing low down on mossy twigs and branches or occasionally as a terrestrial in leaf litter, at elevations of 1800 to 2300 meters with clustered, erect, slender stems enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect to spreading, oblanceolate, obtuse, petiolate leaf that blooms with a suberect, 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" [4 to 6.5 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract that sometimes has a successive flower all held below the leaves occuring in the fall through spring. This species is more tolerant of summer heat as long as air circulation is good and also tolerates more bright light than many other Masdevallia

Very close to M maxilimax but it differs mostly in the fialmentous downward pointing tails, M mendoza has thicker tails all round and the dorsal sepals tail ascends on M mendoza, and a ventrally constriced area on M maxilimax and a tubular non-constricted ventral area on M mendozae.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 11 1987 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 1 1998 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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