Masdevallia idae Luer & M.Arias 2001 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Coccineae Veitch 1889

Photo by Ellis Eyre

Side View Of Flower

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeColdFall

Common Name Ida's Masdevallia [Senora Fernandez, President Peruvian Orchid Society current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in south central Peru at elevations around 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, slender, 5.2 to 6.4" [13 to 16 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin, tubular floral bract.

"This specis is epiphytic, unusual for the SUBSECTION Cocineae in Peru that normally are lithophytic or terrestrial. Vegetatively the species is distinguished by the long-petiolate leaves that are suropassed by the slnder peduncle. SSimilar to M amabilis the lateral sepals are connate into a blade beyond the narrow, sepaline tube. The orange color of the flwers is similar to many of the color variations of M amabilis. The apices of the lateral sepals are acute and tapered into short tails. The marginal callus of the petals terminates with a thick, retrorse, uncinate process. The oblong lip is smaller than the petals and column." Luer 2003


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 26 Luer & Dalstroem 2001 watercolor fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide;