Masdevallia sanctae-inesae Luer & Malo 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Side View of Flower

Photos by Jay Pfahl.

Specimen Plant

Photo courtesy of Dale Borders, plant grown by Jim Rassmann.

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Saint Inez' Masdevallia [named for the ranch where it first was cultivated]

Flower Size [1" [2.5]

Found in southern Ecuador in cloud forests on mossy trees and is found at an elevation of 1900 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with blackish, slender ramicauls enveloped basallly by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the petiolate base which blooms at any time of the year on a lateral, slender, 1" to 1 1/4" [2.5 to 3 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying the single flower that is held below the leaves.

Each ramicaul, individually, produce several successive inflorescence.

Grow this one potted or mounted on treefern with cold to cool temperatures, moderate shade, good air movement and year round humidity.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;