Alaticaulia tovarensis is an orchid species identified by (Rchb.f.) Luer in 2006. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Masdevallia tovarensis.
ORIGIN: A cool to cold growing, miniature sized epiphytic species endemic to Venezuela that is found at elevations of 1600 to 2400 meters.
DESCRIPTION: A cool to cold growing, miniature sized epiphytic species endemic to Venezuela that is found at elevations of 1600 to 2400 meters, with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, glossy green, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the stout, basal petiole from which it blooms in the fall and early winter with 2 to 4 flowers that open simultaneously on each, stout, erect, congested, to 3 1/4 to 7 1/4 [8 to 18 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract and white, tubular, imbricating floral bracts holding the waxy, long-lived flowers well above the leaves. These inflorescence, after blooming, should be left alone as they will rebloom later or the following year. Even well watered conditions year round suit this miniature orchid fine as long as it has a well draining compost.
FLOWER SIZE: About 3 inches [7 to 8 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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