Masdevallia nunezii Luer & Dalström 2006 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade

Common Name Nunez's Masdevallia [Percy Nunez Vargas, Peruvian collector of the type current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Peru without locational data as a small sized, presunably epiphytic orchid with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath with 2 to 3 below and carrying a sigle, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, peduncle7.2" [18 cm] long, provided with a bract below the middle, arising from low on the ramicaul, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Among the members of Masdevallia subsection Masdevalliae, this surprisingly distinct species apparently is restricted to southeastern Peru. It appears to be related to the Bolivian M. exquisita Luer & Hirtz, but is readily distinguished by the prominent fold across the lateral sepals. Masdevallia nunezii is characterized by a gaping, medium-sized flower with a prominent, 1800 transverse fold of the connate lateral sepals upon which the arcuate lip rests, in a manner seen in some species of Dryadella Luer, when the lip lies upon the transverse calli of the lateral sepals." Luer & Dalstrom 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 27(1): 15-24 Six New Masdevallia Species [Orchidaceae] From Peru Luer & Dalstrom 2006 drawing fide