Masdevallia discolor Luer & R.Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Full shadeCold Winter Spring

Common Name The Different Colored Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Boyaca and Cundinamarca Colombia in the eastern Cordillera in wet cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, erect, 4 to 4.4" [10 to 11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as M superflua; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part Four Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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