Masdevallia expers Luer & Andreetta 1988 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Aphanes Luer 1986

Photo by Hans Gerhardt Seeger

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shadeWarmWinter

Common Name The Without Masdevallia [refers to the lack of sepaline tails]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, suberect, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long, congested, racemose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

Synonyms Luzama expers (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama expers; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama expers drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;