Masdevallia castor Luer & Cloes 2001 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Side View Photos by Patrick & Martine Cloes and their Pleurothallid Webpage

Common Name Castor's Masdevallia [similar to M pollux and so named for the mythological twins]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Amazonas Peru at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature, cold growing epiphyte with erect, blackish, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the elongate, blackish petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect to ascending, slender, 2.4" [6 cm] long, as long as the leaf, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide;