Masdevallia sernae Luer & R. Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Angle Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista.

Common Name Serna's Masdevallia [Original collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Putumayo Colombia, Ecuador and Peru on the eastern slopes of the Andes in rainforests at elevations of 700 to 900 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying an erect, to suberect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that gradually narrows below into a subpetiolate base and blooms in the fall on an erect, stout, triquetrous, 3 1/5 to 5" [8 to 12.5 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose, congested inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying broadly conduplicate, imbricating, acute floral bracts giving rise to occasionally, 2 simultaneously opening flowers.

Synonyms Alaticaulia carolloi (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006; Alaticaulia sernae (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006; Masdevallia carolloi Luer & Andreetta 1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 2 1979 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 as Masdevallia carrolii; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 as M carollii photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia sernae; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia sernae drawing fide

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