Masdevallia rhodehameliana Luer 1993 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986 Photo by Marlo and Infojardin Website

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Common Name Rhodehamel's Masdevallia [American Orchid Breeder 20th century]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Peru as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte [largest in subsection] in wet montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1950 meters with erect, stout, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, blackish, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, purple suffused, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the blackish petiole and blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 1 1/5" to 1 3/5" [3 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular, oblique floral bract holding the flower at mid leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 11 1993 photo; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 25 Luer & Dalstroem 2000 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide

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