Masdevallia davisii Rchb. f. 1874 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Coccineae Veitch 1889

Photo by Andreas Philipp

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Common Name Davis' Masdevallia [English Orchid Collector S.A. 18-1900's]

Flower Size 2" [4.8 cm]

Found in Peru on rocky outcroppings in pockets of soil or on bare rock at the tree line in wet cloud forests at elevations of 2600 to 4000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial or lithophytic species found with a very short ramicaul enveloped by several, scarious, basal sheaths and a single, apical, oblanceolate, tapered to a short petiole, coriaceous leaf that is slightly tridenticulate at the apex and has fragrant, singular flowers on an erect, slender, 10" [25 cm] long, successive [a new one develops just above the base, after the first flower has faded] inflorescence with 3 distant, scarious, thin, tubular bracts that holds the very showy flower above the leaf occuring in the late spring and summer.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 12 1980 drawing/photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #4 1998 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 681 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 Drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 #4 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo ok; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;