Masdevallia maxilimax ( Luer ) Luer 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

Photo by Klaus Eisses

Another Flower

Photo by Ron Parsons

Flower and plant Photo by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Large Limax Masdevallia [The Large Masdevallia limax]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the blackish petiole and blooms in the summer and fall on a slender, erect, 1.2" to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract.

Very close to M mendozae but differs mostly in the fialmentous downward pointing tails, M mendoza has thicker tails all round and the dorsal sepals tail ascends, and a ventrally constriced area on M maxilimax and a tubular non-constricted ventral area on M mendozae.

Also similar to M limax but M maxilimax has larger flowers with shorter tails and a more elongate sepaline tube.

Synonyms Masdevallia limax Luer subsp. maxilimax Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo fide;