Masdevallia lucernula Königer 1981 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Flower Closeup Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Head On Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz Copyright ©

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Small Lamp Masdevallia [refers to the brightly colored sepaline tube]

Flower Size 3/2" [2 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, blackish, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is cuneate basally into the blackish petiole and blooms in the winter on a erect, slender, 2 1/2" to 4" [6.5 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and carrying a single drooping flower.

References Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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