Masdevallia martiniana Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeHotFallWinter

Common Name or Meaning Martin del Hierro's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian Co-Discoverer of species]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Sucumbios, and Napo provinces of Ecuador around 200 to 300 meters usually on trees overhanging water in the hot lowlands of Amazonian Ecuador as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, stout, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, with a bract at the base of the ramicaul, triquetrous, congested, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with imbricating, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

" Distinguished by the light green flowers with a pale rose suffusion on the deeply connate synsepal. The apices are triangular and acute, noncaudate. The petals are oblong. The lip is subpandurate with a pair of folds just within the margins at the constriction above the middle. Superficially similar to M varagasii but it is distinguished by the short sepaline tails and a proportionally larger, non-pandurate lip" Luer 1998

CAUTION The Orchid photographed above is close in all respects, but the type has very short open tails on the synsepal and this one has short crossed tails

Synonyms Alaticaulia martiniana (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing ok see caution; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia martiniana ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia martiniana drawing ok other than the crossed tails.; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;