Masdevallia lintricula Königer 1986 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by © Lourens Grobler


Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade CoolSummer

Common Name The Little Boat Masdevallia [refers to the Cymbiform synsepal]

Flower Size .15" [3 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador and Amazonas department of Peru at elevations of 1300 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a stout, arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract, suberect to descending, triquetrous, 3.2 to 5.6" [8 to 14 cm] long, congested, racemose, successively few single flowered inflorescence with imbricating, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

~Similar to M descendens, if the peduncle is erct, the rachis will curve downwards. The petiolare of the leaf is longer than most other related species. The flower is rigidly fleshy with the tail of the dorsal sepla surving forward over the warty surfaces of the connate lateal sepals. The apices of he synsepal are obtuse and contracted into very short tails. The petals are oblong with the longitudinal callis ending in an erect, conical projection. The epichile of the lip is spiculate-verrucose." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia lintricula (Königer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo not; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia lintricula; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia lintricula drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;