Masdevallia stirpis Luer 1989 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by © La Société Française d'Orchidophilie

Common Name Of the Same Stock Masdevallia [refers to it's relation to M deceptrix, M impostor and M maculata all very similar and all occur in the coastal mountains of Venezuela]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm] long

Found in Venezuela in the northern coastal mountains at elevations of 1500 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptic-obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, stout, congested successively single flowered, triquetrous inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul with a basal bract and imbricating, tubular floral bracts

Differs from the similar species [M deceptrix, M impostor, and M maculata] by the stout shorter inflorescence the longer orange sepaline tube and expanded dark red purple lateral sepals with long crossed, acuminate tails.

Synonyms Alaticaulia stirpis (Luer) Luerr 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 1999 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia stirpis;