Masdevallia xylina Rchb.f. 1873 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

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

Deep Shade

Common Name or Meaning The Woody Masdevallia [refers to the stout thick ramicaul]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Magdalena department of Colombia? [Possibly Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta] without locational and elevational data as a miniature to small sized epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms on a thick, inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul, stout, erect, triquetrous, 5.6" [14 cm] long, congested, successively single flowered with imbricating, tubular, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying the flowers at 2/3's height of the leaf.

"Similar to the few flowered M sceptrum. The triquetrous peduncle is stout and shorter than the large narrow leaf. The lip is subpandurate, however a thick, subpyrimidal callus protrudes downward forma thick, obtuswe apex." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia xylina (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part One Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia xylina;