Masdevallia trifurcata Luer 1994 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Aphanes Luer 1986

Side View Of Flower

Photos courtesy of Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Three Forked Masdevallia [refers to the three similar apices of the sepals]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.3 cm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests high in tall trees at elevations of 1400 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, dark green, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to subacute leaf with the base cuneate into the channeled petiole, and blooms in the spring on a suberect, stout, 1 1/4" to 3 3/4" [3 to 9.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Luzama trifurcata (Luer) Luer 2006; Masdevallia reflexa Misas 1977 non Schlechter 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 22 Luer & Dalstroem 1997 watercolor/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 12 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama trifurcata; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama trifurcata drawing ok; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;