Masdevallia pyknosepala Luer & Cloes 2000 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Aphanes Luer 1986

Plant and Flower

Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCool Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Thick Sepal Masdevallia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Huanuco department of Peru at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, slender, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base and a thin, tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Luzama pyknosepala (Luer & Cloes) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama pyknosepala;