Masdevallia caudivolvula Kraenzl. 1922 SUBGENUS Volvula Luer 2000

Side View of Flower in situ Jardin Colombia 2800 meters 1/2016

Another Flower grown by Arturo Carrillo, Bogata' Colombia

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Full Shade Cold Winter Spring

Common Name The Convolute Cauda Masdevallia [refers to the corkscrew sepaline tails]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the western cordillera of Colombia and a notorious difficult grower in cultivation, at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular, thin sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, erect, 2 to 4.2" [5 to 11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from lowe on the ramicaul , with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Streptoura caudivolvula (Kraenzl.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 drawing fide; Colombian Native Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Streptoura caudivolvula; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 photo fide;