Masdevallia macrura Rchb.f. 1874 SUBGENUS Cucullatia Luer 2002 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another color form

Another color form Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.


Common Name The Long Tail Masdevallia

Flower Size to 10" [to 25 cm] largest in the genus

A medium sized, cold growing, Colombian and Ecuadorian species found at elevations of 2000-2600 meters as a lithophyte on mossy, plant covered rocks in cloud forests with a 6" [15 cm] long, stout stem enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, inflated tubualr sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled petiole that blooms in the winter till early spring with an erect, stout, to 12" [30 cm] long inflorescence arising from the midlle of the ramicaul with a keeled, white, membraneous bract below the middle and a floral bract holding the large, showy, rigidly fleshy flower well above the leaf.

Synonyms Megema macrura (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 4 2003 photo; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Megema macrura; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 drawing fide;