Masdevallia receptrix Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeCool Spring

Common Name The Receptor Masdevallia [refers to the concavity on the synsepal that accomodates the apex of the lip]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse to rounded, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a stout, arising from the base of the ramicaul with a bract at the base, erect, triquetrous, 4 to 4.8" [10 to 12 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence and tubular, imbricating, longer than teh pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the brown, widely spread flowers with more or less recurved margins of the expanded synsepal with the erect tail of the dorsal sepal thickened -clavate. The apex of the arcuate lip fits into a conical cavity above the base of the synsepal." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia receptrix (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part One Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia receptrix; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;