Masdevallia garciae Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

Photos by of © Milan Vágner

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Garcia's Masdevallia [Venezuelan Collector of Species]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Falcon state of coastal Venezuela in rain forests at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphytic plant is with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2, loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole that blooms in the winter and summer an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract, slender, 1.6" to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, single flowered, inflorescence with a purple dotted, shorter than the pedicel floral bract with the flower held below the leaves.

"Similar to M striatella but M garciae dffers in the more or less triquetrous peduncle. The flowers are distinguished by the slightly shorter, thicker, sepaline tails. The sepaline tubes of both species are yellowish and striped in purple. The marginal folds of the lip are reduced to calli on the dorsum of the distal third. The base of the lip is neither concave nor deeply cleft, while that of M striatella is shallowly concave and notched between thin, rounded, slightly upcurved basal margins." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia garciae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as M striatella drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as M striatella; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 as M striatella drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An illustrated field guide Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as M striatella drawing fide; * Selbyana 7: 109 Luer 1982; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 Vol 7 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; 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 garciae; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;