Masdevallia irapana H.R.Sweet 1978 SECTION Triotosiphon ( Schltr. ) H.R.Sweet 1978 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Hot Warm LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Irapa Masdevallia [A community near where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Sucre Venezuela on the Penninsula de Paris at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender, blackish ramicuals enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, narrowed below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, erect to suberect, 4 to 4.6" [10 to 13 cm] long, single flowered inflorecence with a bract above the base and arising from low on the ramicaul and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Triotosiphon irapana (H.R.Sweet) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2006 as Triotosiphon irapana