Masdevallia torta Rchb.f. 1883 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae [Rchb.f] Veitch 1889 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Angle Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeCold Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Twisted Masdevallia [refers to the lateral sepals]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, ascending to erect, purple spotted ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, large, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, dark green, thickly coriaceous, lightly curved, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the elongate, purple spotted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring, on an erect, slender, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, purple spotted, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with white, red spotted, inflated floral bracts.

Synonyms Byrsella torta (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella torta; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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