Masdevallia ortalis Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photo by Klaus Eisses

Another Flower

Photo by Ken Blackburn and his Orchid Files Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shadeCool Cold Fall

Common Name The Hungry Chick Masdevallia [An allusion to the flowers resemblance to]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador? and Peru at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dark green, mottled purple beneath, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the slender, blackish petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, suberect, [3 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and tubular floral bracts..

Very similar to M nikoleana but differs in the tridentate tips of the petals, M nikoleana has acute tips, M ortalis also has a longer inflorescence with cupped flowers and purple mottled leaves.

Synonyms Masdevallia rodolfoi subsp. ortalis (Luer) Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Part 4 Masdevallia Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;