Masdevallia chasei Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Reichenbachianae Woolw. 1896

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Side View Of Flower

Photo by Richard Korber

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Chase's Masdevallia [Director of RHS Kew current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Colombia at elevations of 900 to 1800 meters in humid forests as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is gradually narrowed below into the slender petiole and blooms in the late spring through early winter on a slender, erect to suberect, 1 3/5" to 3 1/5" [4 to 8 cm] long, solitary succesively flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract and a tubular floral bract holding the flower at mid leaf.

Synonyms Reichantha chasei (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ;

* Phytologia 46: 349 Luer 1980;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986;

Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide;

Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Reichantha chasei;

Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;

Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide