Masdevallia melanopus Rchb.f 1874 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Plant and Flower

Photos by Thomas Holzle and The Orchids Forum Webpage

Common Name The Black Column Foot Masdevallia

Flower Size about 1" [about 2.5 cm]

Found in northwestern Peru in damp, forested, semi-arid valleys at elevations of 2300 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing species with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate, tapering to the long petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, slender, terete, to 10" [25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence from low on the ramicaul that is longer than the leaves and carries 3 to 8 flowers occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Spilotantha melanopus (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing hmm; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha melanopus; Flora of Ecuador No 84; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha melanopus drawing ok; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;