Masdevallia proboscoidea Luer & V.N.M.Rao 2004 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009,

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade Warm Fall

Common Name The Nose-Like Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador without locality but assumed to be in the Amazonas region as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the middle and another near the base, slender, triquetrous, to 8.8" [22 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with thin, imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the tall but relatively thin peduncle carrying flowers produced successively in a congested raceme. The sides of the dorsal seal are recurved into an arching, antrorse tube. The sysepal is expanded beyond the tube into a decurved, ovate lamina that is bifid into a pair of acute apices. The petals are obtuse and callous above the middle. The epichile of the lip is rounded and verrucose with a denticulate margin." Luer 2004

Synonyms Alaticaulia proboscoidea (Luer & V.N.M.Rao) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia proboscoidea; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia proboscoidea drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;