Masdevallia omorenoi Luer & R.Vásquez 1997 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Part shade Cool winter

Common Name Aguirre's Masdevallia [Colombian Orchid Collector current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm] wide

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a suberect, slender, triquetrous peduncle, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, from low on the ramicaul, rachis .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with tubular shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with glabrous sepals with the dorsal dull yellow, the laterals dull yellow, heavily suffused with brown, the petals white with purple dots on the apical margin and a diffusely spotted with purple lip.

"The species is closely related to M sanctae-fidei from CVolombia and Venezuela but the species differs in the larger habiit, the longer peduncle, the lax raceme, and the flowers less a widely expanded synsepal. Other detasils of the sepals, petals and lip are very similar." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia omorenoi (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleuorothallidinarum XIX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alatacaulia omorenoi

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