Masdevallia leptoura Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986


Plant and Flowers

Photos by © Milan Vágner

Another Color

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Slender Tailed Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia, western Ecuador and northwestern Peru at elevations of 1350 to 3100 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, long-petiolate, elliptic, subacute to obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms in the summer on a erect to suberect, loosely simultaneously several [4 to 9] flowered, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 2 bracts below the raceme and an inflated floral bract.

Synonyms Masdevallia pachyura subs leptoura [Luer] Luer 1988; Spilotantha leptoura (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha leptoura; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha leptoura drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;