Masdevallia infracta Lindley 1833 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Side View of Flowers

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt

Purple Color Form

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Flower Closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Yellow clonal form

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Jean Claude George.

Plant and Flowers in situ Minas Gerais Brazil

Photo by Patricia Harding

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shadeCoolSummer

Common Name The Crooked Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tube]

Flower Size to 3" long [to 7.5 cm]

Found Rio de Janiero, Espirito Santo, Guanabara, Minas Gerais and Parana states of brazil in the organ Mountains, Peru and Chuquisaca department of Bolivia in montane forests at elevations of 1100 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, tufted epiphyte with erect leaves is from with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute leaf with the base narrowly cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the summer with an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a basal bract, to 7" [17.5 cm] long, congested, slender, erect, round to triquetrous, successively single, to 5 flowered inflorescence with thin, imbricating, fugacious, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts with flowers held at or above the leaves.

"Vegetatively the plants are inseparable from the majority of medium sized species. The peduncle is usually triquetrous and nearly or barely as long as the leaf. Often a peduncle is triquetrous below the middle and gradually becoming round towards the apex. The sepaline tube is more or less laterally compressed and suborbicular with a prominent constriction below, just distal to the mentum. The petals are oblong with longitudinal thickening along both halves. The lip is divided by a pair of marginal folds into a subverrucose epichile and an oblong hypochile." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia infracta (Lindl.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia albida Pinel 1868; Masdevallia aristata Barb. Rod. 1877; Masdevallia aurantiaca Lindl. 1836; Masdevallia forgetiana Kraenzl. 1895; Masdevallia infracta var aristata [Barb. Rodr.] Cogn. 1896; Masdevallia infracta var purpurea Rchb.f 1833; Masdevallia longicaudata LeMaire 1868; Masdevallia tridentata Lindl. 1836; Masdevallia triquetra Schweidw. 1839

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing 0k; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as M infracta var purpurea drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as M infracta var aristata drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as M tridentata drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 3 1983 as M infracta var lutea photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 3 2005 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia infracta; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 as M infracta ssp oscitans photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide;

Masdevallia infracta Lindley 1833 var alba Photo by Lourens Grobler

A white form of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide;

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