Masdevallia instar Luer & Andreetta 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Closeup Photo by Andreas Philipp

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Common Name The Equally-Large Petal Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This miniature to small sized, caespitose, cloud forest, cool to cold growing epiphytic species is found in Ecuador and Peru on trunks and low branches in cold, scrub cloud forest at elevations around 1500 to 3150 meters with a short, inconspicuous ramicaul concealed by several tubular sheaths with a single, narrowly lanceolate to oblanceolate, attenuate to the narrowed, channeled petiolate base leaf with basal sheaths and blooms on a erect to suberect, slender, 4" [10 cm] long, just longer than the leaf inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base, a close, tubular bract that carries a single flower held above the leaf and occurs in the summer and fall. This species is similar to M. triangularis yet differs in having an ovate labellum lamina with the apical lobule having an entire margin.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 296 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 2 1999 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide