Masdevallia mastodon Rchb.f. 1855 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo by Ron Parsons

Full Shade ColdSpring

Common Name The Mastodon Masdevallia [refers to the tusk-like sepaline tails]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Santander del Norte and Santander states of Colombia in low, scrubby trees in subparamo at elevations of 2500 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with more or less blackish, stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 2.4 to 5.2" [6 to 13 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular bract below the middle.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 drawing; Icones Pleurothallisinarum Vol XXII Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2003; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007