Masdevallia inamoena [Luer & Sijm] Pfahl comb novo 2014 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Tom Sijm

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade

Common Name or Meaning The Not Beautiful Masdevallia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising from the base of the ramicaul, with a bract just above the base, stout, triquetrous, 3.2" [8 cm] long, congested, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with conduplicate, imbricating, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and holding the flower more or less at the height of the leaf.

"Distinguished by the rather small habit with thick, cuneate leaves and a shorter peduncle that is .16" [4 mm] thick towards the apex. Proportionally smaller flowers are borne successively in a congested raceme with broad, conduplicate bracts. The sepals are rigidly fleshy and terminated by short, thick, terete tails. The petals are oblong with an apical nodule. The broadly oblong lip is thin with the folds within the margins and a minutely spiculate apical lobe in present on the epichile." Luer 2007

Synonyms *Alaticaulia inamoena Luer & Sijm 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007as Alaticaulia inamoenea;

* Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia 2014 drawing fide;

Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;