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Masdevallia and Affiliates explains the newly accepted divisions of Masdevallia that Carl Luer outlined in Icones vol 28.

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Masdevallia

Masdevallia agaster Luer

From the Greek a-, "without", and gaster, "a belly", in reference to the sepaline tube free of any ventricose swelling as compared to related species.

 

Subgenus: Masdevallia

Section: Masdevallia

Subsection: Masdevallia

 

Plant ID: 01159

 

Clonal Name: 'Free Spirit'

Award: HCC/AOS of 79 points given on 11-17-2001 at the Great Lakes Judging Center

Award: AM/AOS of 82 points given on 12-14-2002 at the Chicago Judging Center

Award: CCM/AOS of 81 points given on 12-14-2002 at the Chicago Judging Center

 

Additional Information: Frequent in only one valley in southern Ecuador at altitudes ranging from 4,920 feet (1,500 m) to 6,560 feet (2,000 m).

Masdevallia amabilis Rchb.f. & Warsz.

From the Latin amabilis, "beautiful", referring to the beauty of the flowers.

 

Subgenus: Masdevallia

Section: Masdevallia

Subsection: Coccineae

 

Plant ID: 00526

 

Additional Information: Found terrestrially and lithophytically on exposed, rocky slopes of the semi-arid, high Andes of northern Peru at altitudes of 8,530 feet (2,600 m) to 13,000 feet (3,950 m).

The clone shown above was originally identified as M. purpurina.

 

Synonyms:

Masdevallia amabilis var. lineata Linden

Masdevallia purpurina Schltr.

Masdevallia flammula H.Mohr & Braas

Masdevallia andreettana Luer

Named in honor of Padre Angel Andreetta of Cuenca, Ecuador, who has made numerous contributions to the orchid flora of Ecuador.

 

Subgenus: Masdevallia

Section: Masdevallia

Subsection: Oscillantes

 

Plant ID: 01497

 

Additional Information: Occurs in southeastern Ecuador and northeastern Peru at altitudes ranging from 5,250 feet (1,600 m) to 6,900 feet (2,100 m).

 

Masdevallia ampullacea Luer & Andreetta

From the Latin ampullaceus, "like a flask or a bottle", referring to the shape of the sepaline tube.

 

Subgenus: Masdevallia

Section: Masdevallia

Subsection: Saltatrices

 

Plant ID: 01657/01161(CCM)(top row), 00200/01161(JC)(bottom row)

 

Clonal Name: 'Free Spirit' (on 01161 left)

Award: JC/AOS (on 01161 left) given on 11-17-2001 at the Great Lakes Judging Center (for curly caudae)

Award: CCM/AOS of 84 points (on 01161 on right) given on 11-16-2002 at the Great Lakes Judging Center

 

Additional Information: Occurs occasionally in the wet forests of southeastern Ecuador at altitudes ranging from 2,300 feet (700 m) to 4,920 feet (1,500 m).

Interesting observation - notice that on one blooming, 01161 had curly caudae, an a subsequent blooming, the caudae were straight when they first opened, then curled as they aged.

Masdevallia angulifera Rchb.f. ex Krzl.

From the Latin angulifer, "angle bearing", referring to the broadly angled apices of the sepals.

 

Subgenus: Masdevallia

Section: Masdevallia

Subsection: Saltatrices

 

Plant ID: 01332/03614

 

Additional Information: Found in Colombia at altitudes ranging from 5,900 feet (1,800 m) to 6,560 feet (2,000 m).