Masdevallia amplexa Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Joyce Medcalf

Common Name The Clasping Masevallia [refers to the petals]

Flower Size 2" wide [5 cm]

Found in central Peru at elevations around 1800 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrows below into a cuneate, indistinct petiole that blooms on a erect, slender, triquetrous, successively single flowered, congested, racemose inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul with a bract above the base and imbricating, acute floral bracts and holding the flowers well above the leaves

Synonyms Alaticaulia amplexa (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 24 Luer & Dalstroem 1999 watercolor/drawing fide;Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia amplexa; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide