Masdevallia welischii Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Coccineae Veitch 1889 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Lep Deatil

Flower Color Variety Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Ellis Eyre

Common Name Welisch's Masdevallia [American Discoverer of species 20th cen]

Flower Size 1 14" [3 cm]

A Peruvian lithophyte found on exposed rocks on cliff faces at an altitude of 3000 meters and is a miniature sized, cold growing orchid with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to acute leaf that gradually narrows below into the channeled petiole and blooms in summer with an ascending to suberect, slender, 4 7/8" to 7 1/5" [12 to 18 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bullletin Vol 49 No 12 1980 drawing/photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 21 Luer & Dalstroem 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005 drawing fide; 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