Masdevallia ruthiana (Luer & Sijm) J.M.H.Shaw 2014 SUBGENUS Meleagris Luer 1986

Photo by Tom Sijm

TYPE Drawing of Rodrigoa ruthiana

TYPE Drawing of Rodrigoa ruthiana by Carl Luer

Common Name Ruth's Masdevallia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Junin department of Peru without locational data as a mini-minaiture sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, from low on the ramicaul, slender, peduncel 4" [10 cm] long, provided with a bract below the middle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with thin shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to M parvula but differs in the pale green glabrous flowers, with petals with a minutely tridentate apex and low, longitudinal calli on either half." Luer 2011

Synonyms *Rodrigoa ruthiana Luer & Sijm 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 346 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 as Rodrigoa ruthiana drawing fide;

Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;