Masdevallia citrinella Luer & Malo 1981 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Lip Detail Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Citrine Colored Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [3 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, Ecuadorian and Peruvian epiphytic species that is found in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2400 meters with slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, white sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole that has an erect to ascending to horizontal, lax to pendant, 1 1/5" to 3 1/5" [3 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin tubular floral bract holding the flower below the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 photo/drawing fide;