Masdevallia cranion Luer 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle

Side View Of Flower Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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, warm to 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.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide