Masdevallia zamorensis Luer & J.Portilla 2001 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shadeWarm LATE Winter EARLYFall

Common Name The Zamora Masdevallia [Ecuadorian town in Southern Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early fall on a slender, erect, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract.

"This species of SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 from southern Ecuador is another of the numerous species closely allied to the variable M. xanthina. Masdevallia zamorensis is characterized by gaping, rounded, light yellow sepals, lightly suffused with brown basally, and abrupt, slender tails. The marginal callus of the petals terminates in a narrowly obtuse process just above the base. The lip is obovate and narrowed above the middle to a narrow apex with a black callus." Luer 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * SELBYANA Volume 22(2) 116 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Part 4 Masdevallia Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;