Masdevallia schizopetala Kraenzl. 1925 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

Plant and Flower Photos by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

Full Shade WarmCool LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Split Petal Madevallia

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Bolivia in premontane and lower montane cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, cylindric ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, ribbed, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, subcoriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute and apiculate, narrowly cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early spring on an erect, 1.6 to 4.4" [4 to 11 cm] long, successively and distantly, few [3 to 6], single flowered , racemose, slender inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with 2 to 3 distant bracts and tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Acinopetala schizopetala (Kraenzl.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia morenoi Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1556 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala schizopetala; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007