Masdevallia princeps Luer 1994 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Durae [Luer] Luer 2000

Flower closeup

Another Clone

Photos by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Chief Masdevallia [refers to the large flower]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in San Martin department of Peru near Tarapoto with little collection data as a small sized, caespitose, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base that blooms in the spring on a congested, consecutively few flowered, terete, racemose, 15 1/2" [38 cm] long, purple inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 3 to 4 close bracts below the middle and thin tubular floral bracts holding the single, successive, fleshy flower way above the leaf.

Synonyms Regalia princeps (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #1 1997 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Regalia princeps; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #11 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #5 2017 photo fide;