Masdevallia sanguinea Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Page

Side View of Flower

Photo by Ecuagenera and Epidendra Orchid Page

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full ShadeCool LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Blood Red Masdevallia [refers to the color of the lip and column]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of southern Ecuador in forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphytic orchid with erect stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a stout, arising from near the base of the ramicaul, with a basal bract, erect, triquetrous, congested, 3.6 to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with papery, imbricating, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Closely related to M vargasii but distinguished by the shorter, stouter peduncle that is longer than the leaves, the deep red-purple sepals instead of yellow, the tridentate petals and the large, purple lip without the usual 3 parallel, deep purple stripes of M vargasi." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia sanguinea (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia sanguinea; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;