Masdevallia paivaeana Rchb. f. 1881 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Side View of Flower

Head on View of Flower Photo courtesy of Kjell Nilsson.

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Common Name Castello de Paiva Masdevallia [Bolivian Plant Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 3/8" wide and 2" long [1 cm wide, 5 cm long]

This Peruvian and Bolivian, mini-miniature sized, epiphytic or occasional lithophytic, cold growing species is found on rocky slopes in the remnants of the woods left in the region at elevations of 2450 to 2750 meters with stout ascending or erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, obtuse to subacute leaf and has a solitary flowered, slender, 2 1/2" [6.5 cm] long, inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract below the middle and a thin tubular floral bract that holds the single, pleasingly fragrant flower at or above the leaves and occuring in the winter.

Synonyms Masdevallia aspera Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 548 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; 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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