Masdevallia schudelii Luer 1999 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade CoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning Schudel's Masdevallia [American Pleurothallid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1400 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, arising from the base of the ramicaul, with a bract at the base, erect, triquetrous, 5.6" [14 cm] long, subcongested, successively few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the slender, triquetrous peduncle that slightly exceeds the narrow leaf in length. The flowers in the few flowered raceme are not crowded, the rachis being visible between the floral bracts. The sepaline tube is very short and gaping, the tail of the dorsal sepal is erect and the apices of the expanded sysepal are contiguous with crossing tails. The longitudinal callus of the petals ends in a low, conical protuberance." Luer 1999

Synonyms Alaticaulia schudelii (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVIII. Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen. Pleurothallis sect. Pleurothallis, subsect. Longiracemosae, subsect. Macrophyllae-Racemosae, subsect. Perplexae, subgen. Pseudostelis, subgen. Acuminatia. Addenda to Dracula, Lepanthes, Masdevallia and Pleurothallis. Miscellaneous new species of Dryadella, Lepanthes and Pleurothallis Luer 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 26 Luer & Dalstroem 2001 watercolor fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia schudelii; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia schudelii drawing close [crossed tails?]; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;