Masdevallia calcarata Luer & V.N.M.Rao 2005 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade LATERSummer

Common Name The Spurred Masdevallia [refers to the deeply conical mentum of the flower]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Peru without locality data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse to rounded, contracted below into the elongate petiolate base leaf, that blooms in the later summer on a slender below becoming stout above, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract on the lower quarter, erect, 2.8" [7 cm] long peduncle, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, much shorer than the pedicel floral bract and holding the single flower well above that leaf.

"A small plant with broadly elliptical leaves with a slender petiole. The strict peduncle is slender below, but becomes stout with a stout pedicel a considerable distance above the leaf. The creamy white flower with its conspicuous, retrorse mentum is proporitonally large for the plant. A similar but muchsmaller mentum occurs in M caudata and its allies. The junction between the dorsal and lateral sepals protrudes with an acute, ear-like angle." Luer 2005


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide;