Masdevallia nijhuisiae Luer & Sijm 2006 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Tom Sijm

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade Cold Fall

Common Name Nijhuis' Masdevallia [Adriana Sijm nee Nijhuis co-collector of species]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Azuay province of Ecuador at elevations around 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base, slender, 4" [10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, less than half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Distinguished by a short, wide leaf and a single yellow flower withthe sepals slender tailed and connate near the middle. Within the sepals are suffused witha broad, red band just within the sepaline cup. A triangular callus of the petals extends backward. The li pis oblong with the tip contracted into a deflexed lobule." Luer 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;