Masdevallia davisii Rchb. f. 1874 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Coccineae Veitch 1889 Photo by Andreas Philipp

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Common Name Davis' Masdevallia [English Orchid Collector S.A. 18-1900's]

Flower Size 2" [4.8 cm]

A Peruvian, miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial or lithophytic species found at elevations of 2600 to 4000 meters on rocky outcroppings in pockets of soil or on bare rock at the tree line in wet cloud forests with a very short ramicaul enveloped by several, scarious, basal sheaths and a single, apical, oblanceolate, tapered to a short petiole, coriaceous leaf that is slightly tridenticulate at the apex and has fragrant, singular flowers on an erect, slender, 10" [25 cm] long, successive [a new one develops just above the base, after the first flower has faded] inflorescence with 3 distant, scarious, thin, tubular bracts that holds the very showy flower above the leaf occuring in the late spring and summer.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 12 1980 drawing/photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #4 1998 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 681 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Orchid Digest Vol 72 #4 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo ok