Spilotantha ferrusii Luer 2006

Photo by Ron Parsons 2009, and His Flowershots Website

Full ShadeWarmCoolLATEWinter

Common Name Ferrusi's Spilotantha [Canadian Orchid Enthusaist current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevatins around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, faintly rugose, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter on a slender, [8 to 9.5 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramiucal with a bract below the middle and imbricating, tubular floral bracts.

This species although similar to M. polysticha differs in all the floral parts. Described as Spilotantha, in this treatment it would be better placed as Masdevallia ferrusii but as of now has not been described as such.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 photo/drawing fide;