Masdevallia irapana H.R.Sweet 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Triotosiphon ( Schltr. ) H.R.Sweet 1978

Photo by Tom Sijm


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Warm LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Irapa Masdevallia [A community near where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Sucre state of Venezuela on the Penninsula de Paris at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender, blackish ramicuals enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, narrowed below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, erect to suberect, 4 to 4.6" [10 to 13 cm] long, single flowered inflorecence with a bract above the base and arising from low on the ramicaul and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Triotosiphon irapana (H.R.Sweet) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2006 as Triotosiphon irapana; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;