Masdevallia calagrasalis Luer 1985 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeWarmCoolFallWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Rio Calagras Masdevallia [A river in Ecuador]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of southeastern Ecuador around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, obtuse to subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base, triquetrous, 4 to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm] long, erect, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence with oblique, imbricating, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species occurs locally in the tall, wet forests of southeastern Ecuador. It is closely allied to M guerrieroi which occurs farther south in Ecuador but L guerrieroi differs in the sepals with approximate apices and the diverging tails." Luer 1985

Synonyms Alaticaulia calagrasalis (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 57: 61 Luer 1985; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 24 Luer & Dalstroem 1999 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing ok tails droopier; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia calagrasalis; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia calagrasalis drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;