Masdevallia uncifera Rchb.f. 1878 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador

Photo by Lourens Grobler

deep shade Cold LATEWinterSpring

Common Name The Hook-Carrying Masdevallia [refers to the tooth on the petals]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and northen Ecuador in cold wet cloud forests at elevations of 3000 to 4000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, often blackish ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on a slender, erect, 3.6 to 6.4" [9 to 16 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

Related to M laevis with which it is sympatric but M uncifera differs in the taller inflorescence, smaller flowers with narrower, glabrous pale yellow, shallowly connate sepals often veined in yellow and the uncinate [toothed] process at the petal apex.

Synonyms Masdevallia flaccida Kraenzl. 1921; Masdevallia pastensis Kraenzl. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;