Masdevallia norae Luer 1988 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Nora's Masdevallia [Refers to Elinor Dunsterville mid to late 1900's]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Amazonas department of Colombia, Bolivar state of Venezuela and possibly in northwestern Brazil in lowland to lower montane forests at elevations of 200 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, caespitose, hot to warm epiphyte in lowland forests with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a basal bract, congested, successively several flowered, 5" [12.5 cm] long, long lasting, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with imbricating, tubular, as long as the pedicel floral bracts holding the single flower at leaf height.

"Similar to M cuprea and M weberbaueri but is distinguishjed by the nearly glabrous, larger, olive green flowers difusely dotted with purple within giving the flowers a pinkish color, aproportionally short sepaline tube and a proportionally langer tail of the dorsal sepal." Luer 2000

SynonymsAlaticaulia norae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 3: 44 Luer 1988 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as M guttulata drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M guttulata drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia norae; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;