Masdevallia immensa Luer 2000 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Immense Masdevallia [refers tothe flowers size]

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

Found in Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, narrowly elliptical, obtuse leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the summer on a erect, slender, 4 to 5 1/4" [10 to 13 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a floral bract carrying a giant white flower .

Similar to M klabachorum but differs in the much larger white flower with the dorsal sepal broadly and shallowly concave as well as the lateral sepals much more acutely reflexed.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide;

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