Masdevallia maloi Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Photo by Eric Hunt

Flower Detail

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Malo's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian discoverer of species]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in montane forests at elevations of 1700 to 2900 meters as a medium sized, robust, cool to cold growing epiphyte found with stout, channeled, suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apcial, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptical, acute leaf that is gradually narrowed below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a suberect, stout, 1 3/5" to 5" [4 to 13 cm] long, green with purple spots, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular bract above the base and a tubular, purple speckled floral bract holding the solitary flower amid the leaves.

The back of the flower and the inflorescence is totally red maculate.

CAUTION Kew cites this one as a synonym of M virgo-cuencae but they seem far removed from each other in form so I leave them separate for now.

Synonyms Byrsella maloi (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella maloi; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella maloi drawing ok; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;