Masdevallia fasciata Rchb. f. 1881 SUBGENUS Meleagris Luer 1986

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Striped Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.1 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in secondary cloud forsests at elevations of 1900 to 2990 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, oblanceolate, obtuse, narrowing below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect to ascending, to 2.8" [7 cm] long, terete, single flowered inflorescence with cucullate-elliptic, apiculate floral bracts.

This species and M heteroptera are very similar but this species has the dorsal sepal of the same length and form as the lateral sepals. If there is a major difference in shape and length then your species may be M heteroptera.

Synonyms Masdevallia bathyschista Schltr.1920; Masdevallia palmensis Kraenzl. 1925; Masdevallia restrepioidea Kraenzl. 1922; Masdevallia trinemoides Kraenzl. 1921; Rodrigoa fasciata (Rchb.f.) Braas 1979;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as M bathyschista; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 as M heteroptera photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata = M fasciata; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinar Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Rodrigoa fasciata; 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;