Masdevallia calochrysos Luer & Sijm 2018 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Beautiful Gold Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm] wide

Found in Ecuador without locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 tubullar sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early on a suberect, slender, peduncle 2.4" [6 cm] long, provided with a bract near the base, arising from low on the ramicaul, single flowered inflorescence carrying a flower held horizontally.

"With a bright orange sepaline tube, this species joins a select few in Masdevallia subsect. Saltatrices. The sepaline tube is broad and cylindrical and ventricose near the middle. The basal process of the petals is elongated with the tip incurved. By a long, slender, curved extension from the base of the column, the ovate lip is held forward where it certainly must oscillate, but to what degree is limited by the sides of the sepaline tube." Luer & Toscano 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Harvard Papers in Botany Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 4751 Luer & Toscano 2018 drawing fide,