Masdevallia pozoi Königer 1993 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874

Inflorescence

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright © 2009, and His Flicker website

Deep shade Cool Fall

Common Name Pozo's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1600 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout ascending to erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf and blooms in the fall on an erect to suberect, slender, 6 to 9.6" [15 to 24 cm] long, congested to subcongested, secund, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with 2 bracts below the middle and inflated floral bracts.

Closely related to M polysticha but differs in the larger, yellow, glabrous flowers that are more crowded on the rachis and the rounded epichile is broader than the hypochile.

Synonyms Masdevallia polysticta subsp. spathulifolia (Kraenzl.) Luer 1988; Masdevallia spathulifolia Kraenzl.1925; Spilotantha pozoi (Königer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha pozoi; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha pozoi drawing fide;

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