Masdevallia Misfit = M. paivaeana x M. attennuata
Masdevallia Infracta v. purpurea = original
Masdevallia infracta Lindley
This species was discovered by Descourtilz in the mountains near Rio de Janeiro in 1809 and described by Lindley in the early 1830's. It was one of the frist Masdevallia species to be cultivated in Europe. Although not the showiest of the masdevallias, Masd. infracta makes up for its shortcomings with extremely variable flowers and ease of culture. Flowers are borne singly from the base of the leaf and each inflorescence can bear up to five flowers in succession (do not cut the spikes until they are dry). Flower color can range from a grapey purple to almost white to a golden yellow. Culture should be as for other masdevallias; shady conditions, a medium potting media and ample air movement. Plants should not be allowed to dry out. Although intermediate temperatures are called for, Masdevallia infracta seems to be more tolerant of warmer temperatures than other masdevallias.