Masdevallia picea Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae [Rchb.f] Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Side View of Flower Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Common Name The Pitch-Black Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This miniature, caespitose, cold growing epiphytic species is found in Ecuador? and northern Peru high in the forest canopy at elevations around 2700 meters with a ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse to rounded at the apex leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled subpetiolate base that blooms in the spring on a short, solitary flowered, purple flecked inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular, purple flecked floral bract with a single, malodorous flower that is held below the leaves.

Synonyms Byrsella picea (Luer) Luer 2006; Masdevallia rufolutea Lindley 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 21 Luer & Dalstroem 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella picea;

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