Masdevallia heideri Königer 1981 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Common Name Heider's Masdevallia [German Orchid Enthusiast and Collector in Bolivia 20th cen.]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

From central Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations of 1700 to 2100 meters and is a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, subacute leaf that is cuneate below into the blackish petiole that blooms on a slender, suberect, 3/5" to 1 1/5" [1.5 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and a bract above the base and a floral bract that holds the solitary flower below the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing

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