Masdevallia richardsoniana Luer 1988 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Common Name Richardson's Masdevallia [American Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Peru as a caespitose, mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte in moderately cool, wet, montane forests at elevations around 1800 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute leaf that gradually narrows into the petiole below that blooms in the winteron a slender, erect, triquetrous, single to occaisionally 2 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract.

Synonyms Alaticaulia richardsoniana (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 24 Luer & Dalstroem 1999 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia richardsoniana; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide