!Masdevallia uniflora Ruiz & Pavon 1798 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo by Jay Pfahl .

Common Name The Single Flowered Masdevallia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.3cm]

Found in central Peru and Ecuador as a small to medium sized, caespitose, cold growing terrestrial among rocks or epiphyte on scrub trees in cloud forests at elevations of 2500 to 3000 meters with a short, slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular bracts with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, long petiolate, acute leaf that gradually narrows into the petiole and bloom with an erect, 8.5" [22cm] tall, wiry, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and an acute, tubular floral bract with the campanulate flower held well above the leaves occuring in the winter.

The distinguishing factors of this species are the fuschia colored flowers, the relatively short sepal tails, the prominent basal petal lobes and the elongate column foot.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 1 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 9 1992 photo; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 498 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing ok; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 3 1999 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide

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