Masdevallia aurorae Luer & M.W.Chase 1993 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae SUBSECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part ShadeCoolSpring

Common Name Aurora's Masdevallia [Sra Bennett Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pasco department of Peru in elfin forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 thin, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, suberect to ascending, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long peduncle, single flowered inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul, with a thin bract in the lower third and a tubular floral bract, holding the single flower well above leaf height.

Synonyms Luzama aurorae (Luer & M.W.Chase) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama aurorae