Masdevallia purpurella Luer & R. Escobar 1892 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Andreas Philipp

Ssps. Klabochorum Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Purple Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

This mini-miniature sized, cold growing central Colombian epiphyte is found at elevations of 2200 to 2600 meters with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basallly by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole that blooms at various times of the year on a slender, suberect, [4 to 4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying the single flower at leaf height.

Distinguished from M caudata and relatives by the smaller size and non-striped purple flowers, deeply connate speals and flowers on a shorter inflorescence. Pot this one in a well draining fiberous medium and grown in warm to cool temperatures, moderate light and good ventilation.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;

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