Masdevallia schizopetala Kraenzl. 1925 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluziae SUBSECTION Zahlbrucknerzae Luer 2000

Plant and Flower

Photos by Walter Schug

Full Shade Cool LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Split Petal Madevallia

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Bolivia in premontane and lower montane cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, cylindric ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, ribbed, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, subcoriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute and apiculate, narrowly cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early spring on an erect, 1.6 to 4.4" [4 to 11 cm] long, successively and distantly, few [3 to 6], single flowered , racemose, slender inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with 2 to 3 distant bracts and tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Acinopetala schizopetala (Kraenzl.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia morenoi Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1556 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala schizopetala; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide