Masdevallia papillosa Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Angle

Photos by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Papillate Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 3/5" [4 cm]

Found in Ecuador in forests at an elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature, cool growing epiphyte from with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apcial, erect, coriaceous, dark green, elliptical, subacute leaf that is cuneate below into the long petiole that blooms in the later spring on a slender, horizontal, to 1 2/5" [to 3.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular floral bract carrying the single flower below the leaf.

This species most distinguishing feature is the prominent papillae that cover the insides of the sepals, as well as the horizontal inflorescence with the widely spread flower with a short, gaping, sepaline cup carrying the column petals and lip standing erect in the center.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 24 Luer & Dalstroem 1999 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;