Masdevallia prodigiosa Koniger 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photos by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Flower Closeup

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt.


Common Name The Extraordinary Masdevallia

Flower Size 2 1/2 to 3" [6 to 8 cm]

Found in Peru in cloudforests at elevations of 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-obovate, obtuse to rounded leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole that has large flowers on a lax, 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" [4 to 6 cm] long, reclining, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying the single , outward facing flower held below the leaves. This cold to cool growing species is best potted in a well draining mix and kept moist year round. Separated form others by the brilliant yellow to orange flowers on a horizontal inflorescence with the flower facing outwards, a dorsal sepal that is deeply cucullate above the erect lip, lateral sepals that are connate into a transverse, convex lamina below.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #3 2011 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;