Masdevallia ampullacea Luer & Andreetta 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Side View Of Flower

Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

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Common Name The Flask or Bottle Masdevallia [referd to the shape of the sepaline tube]

Flower Size 2" to 3+" [5 to 7.6 cm]

A miniature to small sized, robust, warm to cool growing Ecuadorian and Peruvian species found epiphytically in dense mats at elevations of 600 to 2400 meters in cloud forests that has blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiolate base that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, suberect, 1 1/5" to 1 3/5" [3 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract that has the flower held below the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide;