Masdevallia royi [Luer] Pfahl comb novo 2014 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Side View of Flower

Photos by Liana Webb and The Griffin Mountain Orchids Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Spring

Common Name or Meaning Roy's Masdevallia [English Orchid Enthusiast and cultivator of species]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Peru without collection data as a small sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, linear-elliptic, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, subtended by a bract near the base, strong, triquetrous, 10" [25 cm] long, subcongested, successively few flowered inflorescence with tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and holding the flower above the leaf.

"Similar to M mezae but differs in the lip and petals, also similar to M cinnomonea with equally large flowers but its flowers are brown to yellow externally and dotted with brown internally and produced simultaneously in a few flowered raceme. M royi and M mezae have a slowly successive raceme of long-tailed pale yellow green fkiwers with the sepals minutely dotted in purple." Luer 2006

Synonyms *Alaticaulia royi Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006as Alaticaulia royii drawing fide; * Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia 2014 drawing fide;