Masdevallia coriacea Lindl. 1845 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874 TYPE For the Subsection

Another Flower in situ Cundinamarca June 2022

Flowers in situ Cundinamarca June 2022

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Flower Detail

Plant and Flower in situ Colombia

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Flower and Plant

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Another Color Form

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Flower Closeup

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Common Name The Robust Leaf Masdevallia

Flower Size to about 3" [to about 7.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 3700 meters as a miniature to just small sized, tufted, cold growing, epiphytic or lithophytic species with short, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, linear-oblanceolate, coriaceous, keeled and conduplicate below into the channeled base leaves and are pale green with purple spots. This little orchid blooms on a erect, slender, 5 to 7" [12.5 to 17.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a floral bract holding the single flower amid or just above the leaves occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Byrsella coriacea (Lindl.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia bogotensis Gentil 1907; Masdevallia bruchmuelleri E Morr. 1873; Masdevallia ochracea Burb 1871

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drqawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella coriacea; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella coriacea drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;