Masdevallia persicina Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

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Plant and Flowers

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Flower closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Peach Colored Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin tubular sheaths carrying a dark green, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute leaf with the base cuneate into the slender petiole and blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, suberect to horizontal, 2 1/4" [6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract that is held below the leaves.

Disitinguished from others by the deep, cylindrical, peach-colored, sepaline tube and deep within is the narrowly oblong lip with extremely minute lateral wings needing magnification to be seen. Potting or mounting are acceptable as well as shade and constant moisture and cold to cool temperatures even though this species can tolerate drier and brighter conditions than many Masdevallia.

Synonyms Masdevallia wageneriana var. ecuadorensis Braas 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977 as M wageneriana var. ecuadorensis drawing/photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo 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; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide;