Masdevallia dalessandroi Luer 1985 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Whole Flower opening

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Whole Flower

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Dalesandro's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian discoverer of species late 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at an elevation of 1000 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte and with an erect, slender, blackish ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths carrying a single, erect, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, dark green leaf mottled grey beneath with a long petiole that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, erect, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base carrying a single flower held at mid-leaf.

"Among the species related to M. wageneriana, this species may be distinguished by the long, filiform sepaline tails, narrowly oblong petals with a short, basal tooth, and an elliptical lip. In common with the other species the motile lip is convex basally and delicately hinged to a filiform extension from the column-foot." Luer 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 57: 62 Luer 1985; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;