Masdevallia cacodes Luer & R.Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae [Rchb.f] Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Andreas Philipp

Common Name The Foul-Smelling Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia state of Colombia in thickly forested hills at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, dark green narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below in to the subpetiolate base leaf and blooms in the fall on a suberect, .6" [1.5 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a basal bract and a tubular floral bract all carrying a single foul smelling flower.

Synonyms Byrsella cacodes (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella cacodes; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;