Masdevallia pardina Rchb.f.1878 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Photo by Lorena Paola Galarza Pasquel and her Flickriver Photo Website

ScentFull shadeColdSummerFall

Common Name or Meaning The Panther-Like Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2900 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear-obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect to suberect, single flowered, .4 t o.8" [1 to 2 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a loose floral bract and carrying a fleshy, malodorous flower

Synonyms Byrsella pardina (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia aequatorialis F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo not; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella pardina; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella pardina; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;