Masdevallia silvanoi Luer & Dalström 2006 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Photo by © Tom Sijm

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Silvano's Masdevallia [Silvano Flores Huamani Peruvian orchid collector current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Peru without locational data as a miniature sized, presumably epiphytic orchid with stout, ascending-erect ramicauls enveloped by a series of 3 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apcial, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, peduncle 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, provided with a bract below the middle , arising from low on the ramicaul, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"With which subgeneric taxon of Masdevallia to associate this species is not readily clear. It seems to be going its own way on the evolutionary tree. The small, stout, densely ascending habit does not exclude any taxon from consideration, except subgenus Polyantha. The sepals offer nothing unusual, being compatible with subsections of Coriaceae and Masdevallia of Masdevallia and section Reichenbachianae. The strange, unique petals, however, with an erect pair of round lamellae (without a marginal callus or process) suggest a relationship with Coriaceae, even though the lip is only minutely erose, instead of verrucose." Luer & Dalstrom 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 27(1): 15-24 Six New Masdevallia Species [Orchidaceae] From Peru Luer & Dalstrom 2006 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;