Masdevallia scalpellifera Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Zahlbrucknerzae Luer 1986

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Side View of Flower Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker Orchid Photo website

Full ShadeColdSummer

Common Name The Scalpel-Carryng Masdevallia [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a suberect, slender, congested, 2" [5 cm] long, slow succession of single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul witha tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Luzama scalpellifera (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama scalpellifera; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama scalpellifera drawing ok

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