Masdevallia cerastes Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Cucullatia Luer 2002 Photo by Andreas Philipp

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Common Name The Horned Snake Masdevallia [refers to the shape of the flower]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This is a southern Colombian species found in the department of Putumayo on the eastern slopes of the Andes in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, channeled, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2 shorter sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled petiole and blooms in the summer on a very short, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from high on the ramicaul carrying inflated, oblique, obtuse floral bracts with the flower held below the leaves.

Synonyms Megema cerastes (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Megema cerastes; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;