Masdevallia deformis Kraenzel. 1921 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Coccineae Veitch 1889 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Inflorescecnce Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Dale Borders, plant grown by Jim Rassmann.

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Common Name The Misshapen Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

This is a cool to cold growing, mini-miniature sized epiphyte from Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1700-2800 meters that has blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, dark green, petiolate, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the blackish petiole and a horizontal to ascending, 1 5/8" to 4" [4 to 10 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence occuring in the fall, winter, spring and summer.

Synonyms Masdevallia deformis f. exaltata (Luer) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Masdevallia exaltata Luer 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo as M exaltata; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide

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