Masdevallia pyknosepala Luer & Cloes 2000 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

Plant and Flower Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep ShadeWarm Cool Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Thick Sepal Masdevallia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Huanuco Peru at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, slender, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base and a thin, tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Luzama pyknosepala (Luer & Cloes) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama pyknosepala;