Masdevallia pileata Luer & Würstle 1986 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Flower angle Photos courtesy of Eric Hunt

Common Name or Meaning The Capped Masdevallia [refers to the appearance of the dorsal sepal]

Flower Size

Found in north central Colombia without locality as a mini-miniature sized, epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute leaf that is gradually narrowing below into the slender petiole and blooms in the summer on an erect, slender, 3 3/4" to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubublar floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Luer drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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