Masdevallia menatoi Luer & R. Vásquez 1980 SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Polyanthae Rchb.f 1874 Photo by © John Varigos

Common Name or Meaning Menato's Masdevallia [Bolivian Discoverer of Species current]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Bolivia in upper elevation cloud forests as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte at elevations around 1800 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical to obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that gradually narrows into the petiole below and blooms at any time of the year on an erect to suberect, congested, racemose, few to several [2 to 6] flowered, terete, purple flecked, 3 1/4" to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and oblique, purple flecked floral bract.

Synonyms Alaticaulia menatoi (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006; Masdevallia foeda Luer & Vasq. 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0248 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia menatoi ;