Masdevallia scitula Königer 1981 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

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Deep shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Pretty Masdevallia

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceouse, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the slender, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, triquetrous, 3.6" to 4.4" [9 to 11 cm] long, purple flecked, congested, successively few flowered inflorescence with a bract at the base and tubular, imbricating floral bract..

Synonyms Alaticaulia scitula (Königer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia scitula; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide