Masdevallia superbiens Luer & Hirtz 2005 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Full ShadeColdSpringSummer

Common Name The Very Fine Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Bolivar Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a stout, erect, 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long, loose, simultaneously opeing, several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract on the lower third and an inflated floral bract.

Synonyms Spilotantha superbiens (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha superbiens; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha superbiens drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #1 2019 photo fide;