Masdevallia trigonopetala Kraenzl. 1925 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Plant and flowers

Photos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep Shade Cool Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Triangular Petaled Masdevallia

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, blackish, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring, on an erect, slender, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;