Masdevallia calocalix Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo courtesy of Ellis Eyre

Flower Closeup Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Pretty Cup Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline cup]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found only in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a erect, slender, 2 3/4" [7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 as M calocalyx photo fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide