Masdevallia alexandri Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Meleagris Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Plant and Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Alexander Hirtz' Masdevallia [German Orchid Collector in Ecuador- late 20th cen]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, thinly coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate below into the slender, channeled petiole where it blooms on an erect, slender, 3 5/8" [to 9 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with thin imbricating floral bracts and occuring in cultivation in the spring and carrying a single flower at a time.

Synonyms Rodrigoa alexandri (Luer) Braas 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 46: 347 Luer 1980; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Rodrigoa alexandri; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Rodrigoa alexandri photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;