Masdevallia mentosa Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION. Aphanes Luer 1986 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shadeWarmWinter

Common Name The Chin Masdevallia [refers to the prominent mentum]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pastaza Ecuador in rain forests at elevations around 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, erect, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, slightly triquetrous apically, congested, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul with a bract above the base and tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Luzama mentosa (Luer) Luer 2006; Masdevallia glossacles Luer 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 28 Luer & Dalstroem 2006 watercolor fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama mentosa; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama mentosa drawing ok