Masdevallia cacodes Luer & R.Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Photo courtesy of Andreas Philipp

Another Angle

Photo by Klaus Eisses

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Foul-Smelling Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in thickly forested hills at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, dark green narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below in to the subpetiolate base leaf and blooms in the fall on a suberect, .6" [1.5 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a basal bract and a tubular floral bract all carrying a single foul smelling flower.

Synonyms Byrsella cacodes (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella cacodes; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;