Noted orchid expert Stig Dalstrom and
I returned to my Zone A in 2002 to try to refind Masdevallia
stigii (see the M. stigii page for more about
that species). We found it again, but to our surprise we also
found many more Masdevallia species in the same spot.
Stig at once recognized this one as a new species, and Dr.
Luer quickly confirmed it. Even though Stig is the one who
actually found this species (I was busy looking for Lepanthes),
he offered to name it after me. It has just been published
(May 2003) in Dr. Carl Luer's fifth volume of his Masdevallia
is a very difficult species to find. We found only two or
three plants of this species, whereas on the same trails
we found perhaps a dozen M. stigii. Since it has
never been found anywhere else except in this vulnerable flat
Zone A forest, it is best considered a threatened species.