Masdevallia cardiantha Königer 1980 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Full shadeCool Spring

Common Name The Heart-Shaped Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northwestern Peru at elevations around 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below in to the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, triquetrous, 4" to 4.6" [10 to 11.5 cm] long, simultaneous 2 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and tubular, imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms Alaticaulia cardiantha (Königer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part one Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia cardiantha ; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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