Masdevallia jarae Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Polyanthae SUBSECTION Successiviflorae Luer 2000

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Plant and Flowers

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Jara's Masdevallia [for Enrique Jara Pinan, Ecuadorian original collector of species - current]

Flower Size 12" [3 cm]

Found in Huanuco department of central Peru at elevations around 600 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole that blooms in the spring on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract, suberect to reclining, terete, very short, successively, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract that holds the large flower under the leaf.

"Put in Amaluzae at one time but the divided lip and aan oblong petal witha rounded callus indicates it belong in the subgenus Polyantha and the terete peduncle puts it in the section Polyantha Subsection Successiviflora. The habit is caespitose with small, elliptical leaves. The much shorter, terete peduncle bears a proportionally large flower witha long, recurved tail of the dorsal sepal and a synsepal broadly expanded below beyond the tube with a pair of short, slender tails." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia jarae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide;