Masdevallia patula Luer & Malo 1978 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl.

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Extended Masdevallia [refers to the extended synsepal]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This orchid is a cloud forest, mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte from Ecuador that occurs around 1500 to 2500 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carryinmg a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooming in the spring on a slender, horizontal, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, successively few-flowered raceme arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract holding the single flower below the leaf.

Synonyms Luzama patula (Luer & Malo) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 1 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama patula; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama patula Drawing close to fide

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