Masdevallia cylix Luer & Malo 1988[1989] SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Cup-Like Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

A mini-miniature, cold growing epiphyte found in southeastern Ecuador at an elevation of 2200 meters with an erect, slender, blackish ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, erect, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, leaf that is cuneate below into the blackish petiole that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 1 3/5" to 2" long, inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying a single flower held at mid-leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide