Masdevallia vexillifera Luer 1993 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photos by Karma Forester and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Fall

Common Name The Banner Bearing Masdevallia [refers to the flower held high over the plant]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in northern Peru without locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with slender, erect, black ramcauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dark green, broadly elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the blackish petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and with a tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;