Masdevallia pachyantha Rchb. f. 1884 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Flower Closeup in situ Vulcan de Purace Colombia 6/07

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Full ShadeCold WinterSpring

Common Name The Thick Flowered Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.1 cm]

Found in southern Colombia in the departments of Cauca on el Vulcan de Purace and Narino in deep paramo at elevations of 2900 to 3600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, purple suffused beneath, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, suberect, to ascending, 1.2" to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and has a bract at the base and a tubular floral bract.

The photo was taken just within the national park of Purace 6/07.

Synonyms Byrsella pachyantha (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006 ; Masdevallia hoppii Schltr. 1924; Masdevallia pachyantha var. hoppii (Schltr.) Kraenzl. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:24 Schlechter 1924 as M hoppii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurotahllidinarum Vol XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Genus Masdevallia in Colombia Ortiz 2000; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella pachyantha; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo NOT; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;