Masdevallia wurdackii C. Schweinf. 1970 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

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Another Flower


Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Wurdack's Masdevallia [American Plant Collector and Botanist current]

Flower Size 6" [15cm]

Found in northern Peru in montane, high rainforests at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte of semiarid regions and plants typically have blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole that blooms in the spring through fall on a slender, erect, 3 3/5" to 6 3/5" [9 to 17 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract carrying the flower at leaf height. Should be grown rather drier than many Masdevallias. It differs from the rest by it's huge, widely spread flower that is light yellow green, and is suffused with purple dots, has long tails and is held at leaf height.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0103 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 photo fide;