Masdevallia datura Luer & R. Vásquez 1983SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photos by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Datura-Like Flower Masdevallia

Flower Size 3.5" [8.25 cm]

A Bolivian, small sized, cold growing epiphytic species that is found in cloud forests at an elevation of 2500 meters with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, dark green, narrowly elliptical, long petiolate, acute apically leaf that has the base narrowly cuneate into the petiole and blooms in the spring a slender, suberect, 2 2/5" to 3 3/5" [6 to 9 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract that carries the large, showy, heavily scented flower at mid-leaf. This species can be distinguished from others by long, narrow leaves with the inflorescence half as long, a large, white, fragrant flower with a funnel shaped sepaline tube with equally long slender tails, narrow petals with a thick retrose process beyond the base, and an ovate and acute lip enveloped deep within the tube and out of site.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 7 1995 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 Vol 7 1996; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo

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