Masdevallia elachys Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or MeaningThe Short Masdevallia [Refers to the plants height]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in the Bolivia as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte at elevations around 2500 to 2600 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrolwy elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the long petiole below and blooms in the spring on an erect to suberect, 3/4" [2 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and thin, tubular floral bract all carrying a single flower.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;