Masdevallia marizae Luer & Rolando 2000 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Ron Parsons

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Mariza's Masdevallia [Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast and wife of Isaias Rolondo current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Cusco department of southern Peru at elevations around 2400 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte or lithophyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base, erect, 4.2" [11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to M decumana but readily distinguished by the larger habit and long peduncle that extends the flower beyond the tips of the leaves. The flowers are similar with a dorsal sepal about half the length of the broad lateral sepals. The sepals are similarily dotted with purple but they are not as widely expanded as in M decumana. Instead of subquadrate and flat, the lip is ovoid and convex." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 25 Luer & Dalstroem 2000 watercolor/drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;