Masdevallia monicana Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Luer

Common Name or Meaning Monica's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian first cultivator of species current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data in cloud forests as a caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a stout, arising from low on the ramicaul, erect, 3.6" to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Vegetatively similar to M pachyantha with large flowers of the same size and color but distinguished by the peduncle that is more than twice as long. The sepals are at least twice as deeply connate into a cylindrical tube instaad of a broadly gaping cup. The petals are similar with an acute apex and callous on the labellar half. The lips are alos similar, but the pair of calli of M monicana are narrow, while the pair of carinae of M pachyantha are thick and verrucose." Luer 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVII Systematics of subgen. Pleurothallis sect. Abortivae sect. Truncatae sect. Pleurothallis subsect. Acroniae subsect. Pleurothallis subgen. Dracontia subgen. Unciferia Addenda to Dracula, Lepanthes, Masdevallia, Porroglossum, and Scaphosepalum Luer 1998 Drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #2 2020 photo fide