Masdevallia calura Rchb. f. 1883 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Reichenbachianae Woolw. 1896

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flower

Photo by Daniel Jimenez.

Side View Of Flower

Photo by Patricia Harding.


Common Name The Long-Sepaled Masdevallia

Flower Size 3 1/2" [9 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in montane rainforests at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect stems covered by 2 to 3 tubular bracts with a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly obovate leaf that blooms on an erect to arching, 3" to 4 3/4" [7 to 12 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising on a mature stem with the single successive flower held above the leaves and occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Reichantha calura (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 276. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1545 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Reichantha calura; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #10 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide