Masdevallia pandurilabia C. Schweinf. 1942 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Lip Detail Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.


Common Name The Lute-Shaped Lip Masdevallia

Flower Size 2/5 to 3/5" [1 to 1.5 cm]

This is a Peruvian, miniature sized, cold growing epiphytic and terrestrial species growing on shrubby slopes on low branches and in deep, leafy humus beneath at around 2600 to 2800 meters with constant rain, mist and dew with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the slender petiole blooming in the spring and fall with an erect to arching, 7 1/2" [to 19 cm] long, slender, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying a single flower held above the leaf. Mounting or potting, cold to cool temperatures, high humidity and good air circulation as well as keeping it always moist ensures a healthy plant.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide