Masdevallia microsiphon Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photo by P. A. Mahon

Another Plant

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep Shade Cool Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Small Tube Masdevallia [refers to the small opening at the apex of the sepaline tube]

Flower Size .1" [3mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, filiform, 5" [12 cm] long, distantly few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and at the base and thin tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Spilotantha microsiphon (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha microsiphon; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;