Masdevallia atahualpa Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Photo by Isaias Rolando

Another Flower?

Photo by Erica Moron de Abad and Her Biorquidtropic Peru Lab Web Page

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full ShadeCold Spring

Common Name Atahualpa's Masdevallia [Last King of the Incas]

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

Found in northwestern Peru at elevations of 3000 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thickly coriaceous, oblong, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the stout petiole that blooms in the spring an suberect, stout, 1 1/5 to 1 4/5" [3 to 4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin basal bract and a losse tubular floral bract holding the large, fleshy flower at the base of the leaf blade.

Synonyms Byrsella atahualpa (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Selbyana 7: 102 Luer 1982 drawing fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella atahualpa; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide;