Masdevallia audax Königer SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae SUBSECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

Photo by © Tom Sijm

Flower closeup

Photo by © W Koniger


Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Audacious Masdevallia [refers to the outstretched labellum]

Flower Size 1 " [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 thin, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a slender, erect, congested, 2 to 2.8" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract, holding the single flower at mid leaf height.

Synonyms Luzama audax (Königer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama audax; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide;