Masdevallia rodolfoi (Braas) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Common Name Rodolfo's Masdevallia - Rudolph Stumpfle [German Orchid Collector late 20th century]

Flower Size 2/4" [2 cm]

Found in Peru at 1800 to 1850 meters in very wet montane forests as a miniature, caespitose, cool growing epiphyte with a minute, inconspicuous ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths with a single, apical, erect, elliptic, oblong-obovate, spatulate, elongate channeled petiole, coriaceous, very dark green leaf with a tridenticulate apex and blooms on an ascending to horizontal, 1/2 to 1" [1.25 to 2.5 cm] long, slender inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a single, basal, infundibuliform bract and a small, tubular floral bract with the single flower held below the leaves occuring in nature in the spring.

Yellow flowers tinted pale rose, petals that are twice keeled and the strongly reflexed tails of the sepals separate this species from the others.

Synonyms Masdevallia wageneriana var. rodolfoi Braas 1977;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 1 No 1 1977 drawing/photo as M wagneriana var rodolfoi; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 301 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drwaing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide

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