Masdevallia medusa Luer & R. Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Ron Parsons and his FlowerShots website

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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 fide; 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;