Masdevallia chaparensis T. Hashim 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Flower Closeup Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Side View Of FlowerPhoto by Marius Wasbauer

Common Name The Chapare Masdevallia [Province in Bolivia]

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

This is a cloud forest, miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 2400 to 2800 meters that is endemic to Bolivia on mossy branches with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic blade, longly petiolate, subacute leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled petiole and blooms in the spring till summer on a slender, erect to suberect, 2 3/4" to 4 3/4" [7 to 12 cm] long inflorescence that has a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract and has single, showy flower that is held above the leaves.

Synonyms Masdevallia hajekii Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 542 Dodson 1982 as Masdevallia hajekii fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 9 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide