Masdevallia caesia Roezl 1883 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

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Photo by John Varigos and His Orchid webpage

Plant and Flower

Photo by Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Jim Hamilton

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Golden Gate Orchids

Common Name The Blue-Gray Masdevallia [refers to the leaves color]

Flower Size 5 to 9 1/2" [12.5 to 23 cm]

Found in southwestern Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 2200 meters as a small sized, pendant, cold to cool growing and flowering epiphytic species with stout descending ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, suffused with bluish purple, narrowly obovate, obtuse leaf that is gradually narrowed into the base, blooming on a descending, 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] long, purple dotted, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the base of the ramicaul with a basal bract and a tubular floral bract holding the large, stinking flower amid the leaves.

Synonyms Byrsella caesia (Roezl) Luer 2006; Masdevallia deorsum Rolfe 1900; Masdevallia metallica F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as M deorsum drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #7 1969 as M deorsa photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 6 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 Vol 7 1996; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #4 1998 drawing/photo fide; 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 caesia; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide