Masdevallia ametroglossa Luer & Hirtz 2003 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Lip Detail

Photos by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full ShadeHotWarmSummer

Common Name The Immense Tongued Masdevallia

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, acute, gradually narrowed below into the ill-defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, stout, triquetrous, 9.6" to 10.8" [24 to 27 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and has a tubular imbricating, oblique, shorter tha the ovary floral bract.

"Vegetatively it is small for the subsection but with a proportionally long, stout peduncle. The flower is yellow green and of a verage size. The tail of the dorsal sepal is erect or slightly recurved, the ssides of the lateral sepals beyond the sepaline tube are recurved individually into adjacent tubes. The immense lip protrudes beyond the orifice of the sepaline tube." LUer 2003

Synonyms Alaticaulia ametroglossa (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia ametroglossa; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia ametroglossa drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;