!Masdevallia uniflora Ruiz & Pavon 1798

SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Jay Pfahl .

Common Name The Single Flowered Masdevallia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.3cm]

Found in central Peru and Ecuador among rocks or epiphyte on scrub trees in cloud forests at elevations of 2500 to 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, caespitose, cold growing terrestrial with a short, slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular bracts with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, long petiolate, gradually narrows into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter with an erect, 8.5" [22 cm] tall, wiry, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and an acute, tubular floral bract with the campanulate flower held well above the leaves occuring .

The distinguishing factors of this species are the fuschia colored flowers, the relatively short sepal tails, the prominent basal petal lobes and the elongate column foot.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; AOS BUlletin Vol 48 #7 1979 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo fide; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 9 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 as M uniflora var alba photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 498 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing ok; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 3 1999 photo; Orchid Digerst Vol 64 #2 2000 drawing/photo fide Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 ; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #3 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2016 drawing fide;