Masdevallia asterotricha Königer 1986 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo by © Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Side View Of Flower Photo courtesy of Richard Korber

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Star-Like Pilose Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] x 2" to 2 5/8" [5 to 6.5 cm]

Found in northeastern Amazonas, Peru as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obutse leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole that blooms in the fall on an erect, slender, 2 2/5 to 2 3/5" [6 to 6.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract holding the showy, single flower at or just below leaf height..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawaing fide; ; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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