Masdevallia pulcherrima Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874 Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo by Patricia Harding.

Common Name The Beautiful Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] wide

Found in Ecuador at elevations over 2000 meters in cloud forests as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the summer on an erct then arching, simultaneously several flowered, 4 3/4" to 6 3/4" [12 to 17 cm] long, slender inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with bracts below the middle and at the base and a thin, oblique floral bract.

Synonyms Spilotantha pulcherrima (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo not; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha pulcherrima; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha pulcherrima drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;