Masdevallia dynastes Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Nidificia Luer 2000

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Excellent Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at altitudes of 1400 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and sometimes terrestrial orchid with slender, erect, green with purple dots ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, subacute leaf that is gradually narrowed below into the channeled petiole which blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and an inflated floral bract.

Synonyms Buccella dynastes (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; 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 XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Buccella dynastes ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Buccella dynastes drawing fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;