Masdevallia midas Luer 1981

SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Deep ShadeCold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Midas Masdevallia [refers to the golden fingers or tails of the petals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador in cloud forests around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, blackish ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, blackish, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, dark green, speckled and mottled with black beneath, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a erect, blackish, .6 to 1.6" [1.5 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 26 Luer & Dalstroem 2001 watercolor fide;