Masdevallia weberbaueri Schlechter 1921 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

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Common Name Weberbauer's Masdevallia [German Botanist and Discoverer of Species]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in montane rainforests at elevations of 800 to 1100 meters as a miniature sized, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short, erect, stout ramicaul concealed by 2 to 3 scarious, tubular sheaths with an erect, single, apical, oblanceolate, attenuate, obtuse, coriaceous, carinate leaf that blooms most often in the winter and spring on an erect, to 7" [to 18 cm] long, triangular in cross-section, inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul with a basal bract and tubular, imbricating floral bracts holding the flower well above or at the leaf height with several flowers opening in succession.

Blooms more than once a year from the spikes. This species can be distinguished by the tridentate petals, the low callus keel with a round, basal swelling and the mucronate, denticulate mid-lobe of the labellum.

Synonyms Alaticaulia weberbaueri (Schltr.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia moyobambae Königer 1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 090 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing ok; 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 Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia weberbaueri; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia weberbaueriana drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide;