Masdevallia cuprea Lindl.1843SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

Another Color form and Angle

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Common Name The Coppery Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at an elevation of 800 to 1500 meters with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute leaf that gradually narrows into an indistinct petiole that blooms in the summer and fall on a congested, successively few flowered, [2 3/8" to 4 3/8" [6 to 11 cm] long, racemose, triquetrous, slender inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with imbricating, tubular floral bracts and holding the single flower at mid-leaf height.

Synonyms Alaticaulia cuprea (Lindl.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia cayennensis Rchb.f 1855; Masdevallia cuprea subsp. hepatica (Luer) Luer 1988; Masdevallia hepatica Luer 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 as Masdevalllia hepatica; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia cuprea; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia cuprea drawing fide;