Masdevallia anceps Luer & Hirtz 1991 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Two Headed Masdevallia [refers to the 2 flowered inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northern Ecuador in moist forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the long petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, erect, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base.

Synonyms Spilotantha anceps (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXV Masdevallia part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha anceps; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;