Masdevallia medusa Luer & R. Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986

Another Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl.

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt.

Common Name The Medusa Masdevallia [refers to the pendant, long ropey sepaline tubes that suggest the locks of hair of the mythical figure Medusa]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in northeastern Colombia in scrub cloud forests at elevations of 2800 to 3360 meters as a miniature, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellitcal, obtuse leaf that gradually narrows into the petiole and blooms in the winter on a dense to sublax, to 2 3/4" [to 7cm] long, few to several [2 to 6] simultaneously flowered,, triquetrous, racemose inflorescence with a basal bract and thin, imbricating, oblique floral bracts. Can be confused with M sceptrum yet has longer pedicels and shortly connate sepals with somewhat revolute, free margins.

SynonymsAlaticaulia medusa (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 drawing; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia medusa; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;