Masdevallia pastinata Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Side View Of Flower

Photos by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool LATESpring

Common Name The Two-Pronged Hoe Masdevallia [refers to the deep rugae of the lateral sepals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Risaralda and Caldas departments of Colombia on the western slopes of the Andes as a small sized, cool growing orchid with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowing basally into the narrowly cuneate, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the late spring on an erect, slender, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract at the base, sharply triquetrous, 6" [15 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence which increases in length over time and has and thin, imbricating, fugaceous, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the long narrow leaves and shorter, slender peduncle. The raceme is congested and long pedicellate. Th tail of the dorsal sepal is longer than the blade and the tails of the lateral sepals are shorter than the blades.within the lateral sepals are deeply and irregularily rugose, reminiscent of M empusa and M trochilus. The petals are oblong, subacute at the apex and with a callus along the labellar margin. The lateral folds of the lip are acute and above the middle, the epichile is ovate, acute and long-spiculate." Luer 2000

SynonymsAlaticaulia pastinata (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part One 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia pastinata; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;