Masdevallia lamprotyria Königer 1980 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Marni Turkel

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Common Name The Bright Purple Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Ecuador and northern Peru as a mini-miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte at elevations around 1000 to 2000 meters in cloud forests with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute leaf with the base narrowly cuneate into the petiole. Blooming in the spring on a shorter than the leaves, 3 1/5" to 4 3/5" [8 to 9 cm] long, slender, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract that has the flower held near mid-leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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