Masdevallia morochoi Luer & Andreetta 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

Side View of Flower

Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Morocho's Masdevallia [Ecuadorian co-discoverer of species late 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador and northern Peru in cloud forests as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender, blackish ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths carrying a single, erect, apical, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, dark green leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole which blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 1 3/5" to 1 4.5" [4 to 4.5 cm] long, inflorescence arising from the base of the ramicaul with a bract near the base carrying a single flower held at mid-leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 22 Luer & Dalstroem 1997 watercolor/drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;