Masdevallia vidua Luer & Andreetta 1988/9 SUBGENUS Cucullatia Luer 2002

Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Dark Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] wide

Found only in Ecuador at elevations of 1400 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 inflated, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled petiole where it blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a stout, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the middle of the ramicaul with a basal bract and a dark purple, inflated, cucullate floral bract enveloping the pedicel and the ovary

Synonyms Megema vidua (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Megema vidua; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 Megema vidua drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;