Masdevallia regina Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Durae Luer 2000

Photo by Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Marni Turkel

Common Name The Queen Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse leaf that is gradually cuneate below into the base where it blooms in the winter on a congested, successively few flowered, racemose, terete, 12" [30 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 3 to 4 close bracts below the middle and a thin, tubular floral bract holding the flower well above the leaf. This species is very similar to M princeps but differs by its acute apices of the lateral sepals, long approximate tails that are not reflexed, a round convexity in the center of the synsepal and a narrower lip with an obtuse apex without a deflexed callus.

Synonyms Regalia regina (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Regalia regina; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #11 2007 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide;