Masdevallia curtipes Barb.Rodr. 1881 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Polyanthae SUBSECTION Successiviflorae Luer 2000

Photo by Eric Hunt


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Short Column Foot Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" wide [2 cm]

Found in Rio de Janiero, Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais states of southeastern Brazil in virgin, humid forests as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute leaf that is narrolwy cuneate below into the petiole and blooms on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract near the base, slender, terete, .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long, racemose, successively single flowered, inflorescence with a tubular, half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to M infracta of the SECTION Alaticaules but distinguished by the short peduncle, less that 1.2" [3 cm] long, that is round is crossection and sometimes bears only a single flower. Except forthe smaller size the flower is basically the same as M infracta." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia curtipes (Barb.Rodr.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia infracta subsp. curtipes (Barb.Rodr.) Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia curtipes; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;