Masdevallia porphyrea Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Plant and Flowers

Photo courtesy of Orchid Species Preservation Foundation

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Purple Colored Masdevallia [Refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in southwestern Ecuador in montane forests at elevations of 1900 to 2650 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, mottled with rose ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dull pinkish tan mottled with purple, narrowly elliptical, subacute, basally narrowly cuneate into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a erect, slender, 5.6" to 8" [14 to 20 cm] long, simultaneously opening 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a bract near the middle and another near the base and has an inflated, oblique floral bract.

Synonyms Spilotantha porphyrea (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha porphyrea; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha porphyrea drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;