Masdevallia iris Luer & R. Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full ShadeCool Cold Spring

Common Name The Rainbow-Colored Masdevallia

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Endemic to Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to subacute leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled petiole that blooms in the spring on an erect, slender, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract holding the flower below leaf height.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;