Masdevallia tricycla Luer 2005 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Three Wheeled Masdevallia [refers to the 3 very equally rounded sepals]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, subhorizontal to ascending, 1.6" [4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and a floral bract.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 in Corrigenda; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok

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