Masdevallia naranjapatae Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluziae SUBSECTION Zahlbrucknerzae Luer 2000 <

Photo by Rudolf Jenny and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower

Another Flower Angle

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Naranjapata Masdevallia [Town in Ecuador]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found only in western Ecuador in seasonally dry montane cloud forests at elevations of 100 to 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 short, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute leaf that gradually narrows below into the slender, indistinct petiole that flowers in the fall and late winter in the northern hemisphere on a slender, horizontal to descending, 2 to 3 1/5" [5 to 8 cm] long, successively few flowered, congested, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular floral bract.

Is often found on old orange trees with Dracula mopsus.

Synonyms Zahleria naranjapatae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 139 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing ok; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Zahleria naranjapatae; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Zahleria naranjapatae drawing ok;