Masdevallia tricycla Luer 2005 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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 Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIII Systematic of Madevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 Nom inval. Drawing fide; Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 in Corrigenda; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;

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