Masdevallia wetzelii Luer & Sijm 2012 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Wetzel's Masdevallia [Dutch Orchid Enthusiast and Cultivator of the type current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm] wide

Found in Colombia without locational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the long-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, peduncle 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with somewhat shorter to just as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellowish sepals suffused with orange below the middle, pubescent within, white petals and a yellow white lip with purplish at the apex.

"This species of SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevalliawas obtained from a collector in Colombia, but unfortunately without collection data. The sepaline tube is pale yellow, suffused with orange at the base, the free portions of the lateral sepals broadly expanded. The dorsal sepal is shorter and contracted into a very slender, recurved tail. The winglike, longitudinal callus of the petals is retrorse at the base with an acute, recurved tip. The lip is proportionately large, simple, and oblong." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer drawing fide