Masdevallia walteri Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Reichenbachianae Woolw. 1896

Another Angle

Photos by Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Walter's Masdevallia [American Botanist in Costa Rica current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found only in Costa Rica in wet cloud forests at elevations of 2800 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout rqamicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single,apical, erect, thickly coriaceous shiney dark green, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing and cuneate below into the sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring through summer on a suberect, slender, [6 to 9.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul that oftens forms a capsule without the flower opening with a bract below the middle and has a tubular floral bract

Synonyms Reichantha walteri (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1560 Atwood & Mora 1993 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallinarum Vol XXI Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing ok; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide