Masdevallia asterotricha Königer 1986 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by © Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Side View Of Flower

Photo courtesy of Richard Korber

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Star-Like Pilose Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] x 2" to 2 5/8" [5 to 6.5 cm]

Found in northeastern Amazonas department of Peru at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obutse leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole that blooms in the fall on an erect, slender, 2 2/5 to 2 3/5" [6 to 6.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract holding the showy, single flower at or just below leaf height.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;