Masdevallia cranion Luer 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle

Side View Of Flower

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Skull-Shaped Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte? with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into a petiole and blooms in the winter on an suberect, slender, 1 3/5 to 1 3/4" [4 to 4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract.

Only a few Masdevallia have small obtuse, petiolate base leaves and a relatively large, yellow to yellow-orange flower, they are M deniseana, M glomerosa and M medinae

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;

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