Masdevallia ampullacea Luer & Andreetta 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Side View Of Flower

Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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Common Name The Flask or Bottle Masdevallia [referd to the shape of the sepaline tube]

Flower Size 2" to 3+" [5 to 7.6 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in dense mats at elevations of 600 to 2400 meters in cloud forests as a miniature to small sized, robust, warm to cold growing epiphyte with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiolate base that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, suberect, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract that has the flower held below the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo good; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide;