Masdevallia rhodehameliana Luer 1993 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photo by The Hoosier Orchid Company

Flower Detail

Photo by Marlo and Infojardin Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Rhodehamel's Masdevallia [American Orchid Breeder 20th century]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte [largest with erect, stout, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, blackish, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, purple suffused, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the blackish petiole and blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 1.2" to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular, oblique floral bract holding the flower at mid leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 11 1993 photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 25 Luer & Dalstroem 2000 watercolor/drawing 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; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;