Masdevallia superbiens Luer & Hirtz 2005 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full ShadeColdSpringSummer

Common Name The Very Fine Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Bolivar province of Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a stout, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract on the lower third, erect, 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long, loose, simultaneously opeing, several flowered inflorescence with an inflated, longer than the ovary floral bract.

"Superficially similar to M dalestroemii but the flowers of M superbiens are wjite with red-purple spots and transverse bars on the sepals near the margins. The dorsal sepal is round, concave and much wider than that of M dalestroemii. The petals are sharply acute and the epicile of the lip is round, wider than the hypochile and not recurved." Luer 2005

Synonyms Spilotantha superbiens (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha superbiens; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha superbiens drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #1 2019 photo fide;