Masdevallia maculata Klotzsch & H. Karst. 1847 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Side View of Flower

Photos by Eric Hunt


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Spotted Masdevallia [refers to a spot near the base of the sepaline tube]

Flower Size 1 1/8" [3 cm]

Found in The federal district, Aragua, Carabobo, Lara and Zulia states of Venezuela, Colombia and Peru at elevations of 1100 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, epiphytic species from with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical to narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base that blooms in the later spring, summer and fall on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, congested, successively several single flowered, 8" [20 cm] long, triquetrous inflorescence with thin, imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and holding the single flower well above the leaf.

The unique factors for this species are the sequentially flowering inflorescence, the lateral sepals that are connate with each other for a longer distance than the dorsal sepal and the papillose labellum.

Synonyms Alaticaulia maculata (Klotzsch & H.Karst.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia maculata f. flava (Stein) Christenson 1995; Masdevallia maculata var flava Hort. ex Stein 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing good; Orchid Digest No 36 No 1 1972 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo not; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 297 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia maculata; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;