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

Side View Of Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl

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 on the western slopes of the Andes in Risaralda and Caldas 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 on an erect, slender, sharply triquetrous, 6" [15 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence which increases in length over time and has a bract at the base ad thin, imbricating, fugaceous floral bracts and arises from low on the ramicaul in the late spring.

SynonymsAlaticaulia pastinata (Luer) Luer 2006

References 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;