Masdevallia pulcherrima Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photos by Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Patricia Harding.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Beautiful Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] wide

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations over 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the summer on an erct then arching, simultaneously several flowered, 4 3/4" to 6 3/4" [12 to 17 cm] long, slender inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with bracts below the middle and at the base and a thin, oblique floral bract.

Synonyms Spilotantha pulcherrima (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980;Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo not; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha pulcherrima; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha pulcherrima drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;