Masdevallia zygia Luer & Malo 1981 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Flower Closeup

Photos by Ron Parsons

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade cold Spring

Common Name The Yolk Like Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, imbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, subplicate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a terete, erect, 7.2 to 9.6" [18 to 24 cm] long, simultaneously 2 flowered [often with a 3 aborted flower above] inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract below the middle and another at the base as well as an inflated floral bract.

Synonyms Spilotantha zygia (Luer & Malo) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Madevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha zygia; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;