Masdevallia peristeria Rchb.f. 1874 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae [Rchb.f] Veitch 1889

Side View of Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo by Milan Vagner

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Common Name The Dove-Like Masdevallia

Flower Size 4 to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm]

A small sized, cool to cold growing Colombian or Ecuadorian epiphytic or terrestrial species found at altitudes of 1500 to 2500 meters in open woodland and along water runs, near to the ground with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate, suberect, thick, fleshy, obscurly petiolate leaf that gradually narrows below into an indistinct petiole and blooms in the spring and summer on a short to 3 1/2" [9 cm] long, terete, pale green spotted with crimson inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a loose floral bract holding the single, malodorous flower at mid-leaf.

The flower is characterized by having a dove shape visible in the column and petals.

Synonyms Byrsella peristeria (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia ellipes Rchb.f 1877; Masdevallia haematisticta chb.f 1866; Masdevallia peristeria subsp. haematosticta (Rchb. f.) Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:152 Schlechter 1924; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 4 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella peristeria; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella peristeria drawing ok

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