Masdevallia citrinella Luer & Malo 1981 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Lip Detail

Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Citrine Colored Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, white sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect to ascending to horizontal, lax to pendant, 1 1/5" to 3 1/5" [3 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin tubular floral bract holding the flower below the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 photo/drawing fide; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;