Masdevallia leonardoi Luer 2001 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shadeCoolWinter

Common Name Leonardo's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian Collector of species current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, blackish, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the slender, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, slender, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin basal bract and a tubular, thin floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol3 Dodson 2002; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 28 Luer & Dalstroem 2006 watercolor fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;