Masdevallia lilacina Königer 1985 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by © Lourens Grobler.

Another Color Variation

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

Common Name The Lilac Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, acute leaf that gradually narrows below to an indistinct petiole and blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, 4/5" to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract that holds the single flower amid the leaves.

This species is very similar to Masdevallia rosela yet differs by the slender [under .4" (1 cm}] leaves and petals with a wing-like callus along the lower margin.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing ok; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide;