Masdevallia amsleri [Luer & Jenny] Pfahl comb novo 2014 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade LATE Spring

Common Name or Meaning Amsler's Masdevallia [Swiss Orchid Enthusiast and cultivator of species current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data as a small sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, slender, terete, 3.2" [to 8 cm] long, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence with a bract above the base, arising from low on the ramicaul and holding the flower at 2/3's the height of the leaf.

"The yellow and red-brown sepaline tube with slender yellow tails is superficially similar to M bicolor. The petals are similar but the obovate, entire lip is devoid of marginal plication so typical of the genus. Instead a pair of small, oblique lamellae rises in the center of the lip with a few low irregular calli at the tip." Luer 2011

Synonyms *Alaticaulia amsleri Luer & Jenny 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 16(2): 317 Luer & Jenny 2011 as Alaticaulia amsleri drawing fide;

* Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia 2014 drawing fide;