Masdevallia telloi Luer & Hirtz 2005 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Warm LATE Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name or Meaning Tello's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian discoverer of species Current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pastaza Ecuador at elevations around 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute , gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a slender, erect, triquetrous, 3.6 to 4.4" [9 to 11 cm] long, congested, successively single, several to many flowered inflorescence with a bract at the base, arising from low on the ramicaul with thin, tubular, imbricating floral bracts and holding the flower well above leaf height.

Synonyms Alaticaulia telloi (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia telloi;