Masdevallia cerastes Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Cucullatia Luer 2002

Photo by Andreas Philipp

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Another Color Form

Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Horned Snake Masdevallia [refers to the shape of the flower]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in the Putumayo department of Colombia on the eastern slopes of the Andes in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, channeled, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2 shorter sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled petiole and blooms in the summer on a very short, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from high on the ramicaul carrying inflated, oblique, obtuse floral bracts with the flower held below the leaves.

Synonyms Megema cerastes (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Megema cerastes; 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;