Masdevallia schizantha Kraenzl.1922 > SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Tom Sijm

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Full shadeCold LATERSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Split Masdevallia [refers to the free sepal]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2100 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, slender, single flowered, 1.6" to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;