Masdevallia mooreana Rchb.f. 1884 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Side View Of Flower

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Full shade Cold Spring

Common Name Moore's Masdevallia [Scotish Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Santander and Norte de Santander departments of Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations near 2500 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a stout, erect to suberect, 1.6 to 10.4" [4 to 11 cm] long, single flowered, purple speckled inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract

Synonyms Byrsella mooreana (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia atroviolacea Kraenzl. 1922; Masdevallia sororcula Rchb.f. 1887

ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Orquideologia Vol 16 No1 1983; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella mooreana; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo good;