Masdevallia quasimodo Luer 1993 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia<

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade WarmCool Summer

Common Name Quasimodo's Masdevallia [refers to the flower looking humped and ugly]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northern Bolivia on the northern slopes of the Andes at elevations around 1300 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below inot the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, [1 to 1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence

There are three small purple flowered Masdevallia in Bolivia. M quasimodo is distinguished from M brachyantha by having a single, non-successive flower with distinct sepaline tails and an incurved process at the base of the petals. It is distinguished from M heideri by the smaller flower subclavate tail of the dorsal sepal, closely parellel tails of the alteral sepals and the minutely denticulate lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 22 Luer & Dalstroem 1997 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;