Masdevallia recurvata Luer & Dalström 1997 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by © Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Page

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Common Name The Recurved Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tails]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Peru without collection data as a mini-miniature sized presumably epiphytic orchid with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms on a stout, erect, triquetrous, congested, 4 to 4.4" [10 to 11 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from near the base of the ramicaul, with a thin basal bract and a tubular floral bract.

CAUTION There are many photo examples with this species name on the net but I feel that none of them actually are this species, so I have only the drawing by Luer presented.

Synonyms Alaticaulia recurvata (Luer & Dalström) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Luer 1997 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia recurvata;