Masdevallia wuelfinghoffiana Luer & J.Portilla 1999 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade CoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning Wuelfinghoff's Masdevallia [German Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of southern Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caepitose epiphyte with erect, slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, blackish tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the blackish petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with a bract at the base, erect, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

" Closely allied to the M xanthina complex but it is immediately separated by the intense, red-purple color of the sepals. It also differs i the dorsal sepal being flat and convex instead of concave and the eptals with the marginal callus ending in a short angle at the base instead of a thick protruding process." Luer 1999

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVIII. Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen. Pleurothallis sect. Pleurothallis, subsect. Longiracemosae, subsect. Macrophyllae-Racemosae, subsect. Perplexae, subgen. Pseudostelis, subgen. Acuminatia. Addenda to Dracula, Lepanthes, Masdevallia and Pleurothallis. Miscellaneous new species of Dryadella, Lepanthes and Pleurothallis Luer 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 28 Luer & Dalstroem 2006 watercolor fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;

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