Masdevallia guerrieroi Luer & Andreetta 1978 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Guerriero's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian Co-Discoverer of Species]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, caesptose, warm to cool growing epiphyte from with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying an oblanceolate, single, apical, coriaceous, tapering to a conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to suberect, arising from low on the ramicaul with a short basal bract, slender, 5" [12.5 cm] long, triquetrous, successively single, few flowered inflorescence and an oblique, imbricating, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bract that are held at or above the leaf height.

"Characterizeed by a rigid, purple and orange flower that does not open widely. Although the dorsal sepal is connate only to the middle, the blade and tail arch forward over the boat-like synsepal. The tips of the lateral sepals are contiguous with short recurving tails. Closely allied to M calagrasalis but distinguished by the rigid, boat-shaped synsepal with approximate apices. The petals of both species are purple with a descending, basal tooth." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia guerrieroi (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia guerrieroi; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia guerrieroi drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;