Masdevallia infracta Lindley 1833 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Polyanthae SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986

Side View of Flowers Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Purple Color Form Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Flower Closeup Photo by Lourens Grobler

Yellow clonal form Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Plant and Flowers Photo by Jean Claude George.

Plant and Flowers in situ Minas Gerais Brazil Photo by Patricia Harding.

Part shadeCoolTo HotSummer

Common Name The Crooked Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tube]

Flower Size to 3" long [to 7.5 cm]

This warm to cool growing, miniature to small sized, tufted epiphytic species with erect leaves is from the organ Mountains of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia and grows in montane forests at elevations of 1100 to 2000 meters with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute leaf with the base narrowly cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the summer with an erect, to 7" [17.5 cm] long, congested, slender, erect, round to triquetrous inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a basal bract and thin, imbricating, fugacious floral bracts and from 1 to 5 flowers that open in succession, held at or above the leaves.

Synonyms Alaticaulia infracta (Lindl.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia albida Pinel 1868; Masdevallia aristata Barb. Rod. 1877; Masdevallia aurantiaca Lindl. 1836; Masdevallia forgetiana Kraenzl. 1895; Masdevallia infracta var aristata [Barb. Rodr.] Cogn. 1896; Masdevallia infracta var purpurea Rchb.f 1833; Masdevallia longicaudata LeMaire 1868; Masdevallia tridentata Lindl. 1836; Masdevallia triquetra Schweidw. 1839

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing 0k; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as M infracta var purpurea drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as M infracta var aristata drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as M tridentata drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 3 1983 photo; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 3 2005 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia infracta; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide


Masdevallia infracta Lindley 1833 var alba Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

A white form of the previous species.