Masdevallia recurvata Luer & Dalström 1997 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by © Tom Sijm

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Page

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Common Name The Recurved Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tails]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Peru without collection data as a mini-miniature sized, presumably epiphytic orchid with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms on a stout, arising from near the base of the ramicaul, with a thin basal bract, erect, triquetrous, congested, 4 to 4.4" [10 to 11 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with, as long as to shorter than the pedicel a tubular floral bract.

"It is similar to M bicolor but is distinguished by larger flowers produced singly and successively and by relatively thick, recurved sepaline tails." Luer 1997

Synonyms Alaticaulia recurvata (Luer & Dalström) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum 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 recurvata; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;