Masdevallia telloi Luer & Hirtz 2005 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Warm LATE Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name or Meaning Tello's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian discoverer of species Current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pastaza province of Ecuador at elevations around 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, cespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute , gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a slender, , arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract at the base erect, triquetrous, 3.6 to 4.4" [9 to 11 cm] long, congested, successively single, several to many flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, imbricating, longer to as long as the pedicel floral bracts and holding the flower well above leaf height.

"Related to M bicolor but differs in the slender habit with a slender, proportionally much longer peduncel. The numerous flowers are produced successively in a congested raceme over a long period of time. With a yellow dorsal sepal and a purplish synsepal the flowers are similar to M bicolor. The sepaline tails however are much thicker. The lateral sepals expand immendiately beyond the junction with the dorsal sepal instead of making a concave synsepal. The petals and lip are not remarkably different except for the apex of the lip that is not verrucose." Luer 2005

Synonyms Alaticaulia telloi (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia telloi; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;