Masdevallia rex Luer & Hirtz 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986 Photo by Patrick and Martina Cloes

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Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Golden Gate Orchids.

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Common Name The Kingly Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane forests ate elevations of 600 to 950 meters as a miniature, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiole and blooms in the summer on an erect, stout, 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" [3 to 3.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide to the first photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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