Masdevallia tsubotae Luer 1994 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Patrick & Martine Cloes and their Pleurothallid Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Tsubota's Masdevallia [Colombian Nurseryman current]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Colombia without collection data as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped absally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, the base narrowed into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, with a bract at the base and arising from low on the ramicaul, triquetrous, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, congested, successively or simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence and has imbricating, tubular, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to M zumbae which has shorter tails. Similar to M carutherianabu[t differs in thes sulcate synsepal with recurved sizs. Also colse to M vargasii that differs with the unusally large lip. The petals are oblong and simply callous on the lower half. The lip is oblong with small, rounded, marginal folds below the middle anda thick, decurved apes."" Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia tsubotae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part One Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia tsubotae; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;