Masdevallia pandurilabia C. Schweinf. SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Lip Detail

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.


Common Name The Lute-Shaped Lip Masdevallia

Flower Size 2/5 to 3/5" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Peru on shrubby slopes on low branches and in deep, leafy humus with constant rain, mist and dew beneath at around 2600 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the slender petiole blooming in the spring and fall with an erect to arching, 7 1/2" [to 19 cm] long, slender, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying a single flower held above the leaf.

Mounting or potting, cold to cool temperatures, high humidity and good air circulation as well as keeping it always moist ensures a healthy plant.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; 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; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;