Masdevallia staaliana Luer & Hirtz 1994 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Another Flower

Flower Closeup

Photos courtesy of Eric Hunt, grown by Gerardus Staal, for whom the species is named

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Staal's Masdevallia [German American Orchid Enthusiast Current]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 2200 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is basally cuneate into the petiole and flowers in the summer and winter on an erect to suberect, loosely few flowered, 3 1/5" to 5 1/5" [8 to 13 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 1 to 2 bracts below the middle and inflated floral bracts carrying 3 to 5 simultaneously opening, pubescent flowers.

This species has some of the shortest and widest leaves of the genus.

Synonyms Spilotantha staaliana (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 watercolor/drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha staaliana; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha staaliana drawing fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;