Masdevallia tentaculata Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874

Side View of Flower Photo by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Deep Shade Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Tentacled Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tails]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in central Ecuador around 2000 to 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on roadbanks with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a erect, slender, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, loosely 4 to 8 flowered, distichous, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract below the middle and an inflated, oblique floral bract and holding the flowers well above the leaf height.

Synonyms Spilotantha tentaculata (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha tentaculata; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha tentaculata drawing fide;