Masdevallia plynophora Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Closer flower view Photos by Ron Parsons and his Flower Shots Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Washtub Carrying Masdevallia [refers to the basin-like synsepal]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a stout, suberect, triquetrous, 12 to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, subcongested, successively flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a foliaceous floral bract.

Synonyms Alaticaulia plynophora (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia plynophora; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide