Luzama (loo-ZAH-mah) is an Andean genus with variable species mostly concentrated in southern Ecuador. It is characterized by a small, caespitose habit with short ramicauls, a slender erect or prone peduncle with a single flower that is followed at intervals by a second or more flowers. The veins of the sepals are often thickened and minutely hairy at the ovary which is often ribbed, keeled, rough-keeled to nearly smooth. The sepals form a short tube or cup with or without tails. The petals are callous along the lower half. The lip is oblong with various modifications. Although there is no distinctive feature, except for the hairs at the bases of the sepals which are not always present, the species are usually easily recognized by the few characters listed above. DNA evidence suggests that species previously belonging to Masdevallia section Amazulae and Masdevallia section Aphanes be united here.
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