Masdevallia echo Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Flower Closeup

Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Echo's Masdevallia [Greek Nymph]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Junin, Cajamarca and Huanuco departmnt of Peru at elevations of 2000 to 2700 meters as a small sized, caespitose, cold growing, epiphytic species found with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, subacute to obtuse leaf that narrows gradually into an ill defined, channeled petiole that blooms at most any time of the year with a few successive flowers on a congested, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, triquetrous, slender inflorescence with papery, imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts that holds the flowers just above the leaves.

"Similar to M infracta but vegetatively large for the subsection and the long peduncle equal or surpasses the leaves in length. The flowers are borne successively in a congested, long pedicellate raceme. The sepals are deeply connate into a suborbicular or bell-shaped cup with the long tail of the dorsal sepal erect and the two tails of the lateral sepals closely parallel if not in apposition. The petals are oblong and apiculate. The lip is oblong and arcuate above the marginal folds with the epichile denticulate." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia echo (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0101 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; 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 echo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 # 12 2016 photo fide;