Masdevallia sanguinea Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera and Epidendra Orchid Page

Full ShadeCool LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Blood Red Masdevallia [refers to the color of the lip and column]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphytic orchid with erect stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a stout, erect, triquetrous, congested, 3.6 to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising from near the base of the ramicaul, with a basal bract and papery, imbricating floral bracts.

CAUTION I am not convinced that this determination is correct, lip and column should be blood red.

Synonyms Alaticaulia sanguinea (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Arcula 14: 351.Koniger 2003 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Luer 2000 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia sanguinea;