Masdevallia estradae Rchb.f. 1874 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo by Andreas Philipp

Another Angle Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


Common Name Estrada's Masdevallia [Dona Estrada First Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4 cm]

Found in Antioquia, Boyaca and Cundinamarca Colombia in cloud forests as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is cuneate into the slender petiole and blooms in the spring through fall on a slender, erect, single flowered, 2 3/4" to 4 1/4" [7 to 11 cm] long inflorescence that arises from low on the ramicaul and has a bract above the base and a thin, tubular floral bract and carries a single fragrant flower.

Synonyms Masdevallia estradae var delicata Rchb.f. 1882

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007