Masdevallia immensa Luer 2000 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Immense Masdevallia [refers to the flowers size]

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

Found in Huanuco department of Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with blackish, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, narrowly elliptical, obtuse leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the summer on a erect, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base, slender, 4 to 5 1/4" [10 to 13 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the pedicel floral bract and carrying a giant white flower .

Similar to M klabachorum but differs in the much larger white flower with the dorsal sepal broadly and shallowly concave as well as the lateral sepals much more acutely reflexed.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 27 Luer & Dalstroem 2004 watercolor fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;