Masdevallia ionocharis Rchb. f. 1875 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens

Frontal View

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Interior Frontal View

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Graceful Violet-Blue Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Peru on rocky slopes at elevations of 2700 to 3300 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing lithophyte or terrestrial with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole and blooms on a slender, erect, 2 2/5" to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract and holding the solitary flower just above the leaf. This species flowers in the summer.

Synonyms Masdevallia ionocharis var approviata hort. ex Woolward 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;