Masdevallia elegans Luer & R. Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Elegant Masdevallia

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse to rounded, gradually narrows below into the cuneate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, slender, single flowered, 4" [10 cm] long, inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevellia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide