Masdevallia cloesii Luer 1993 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Another Flower Angle

Photo by Patrick Cloes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade Cool to ColdEARLYWinter

Common Name Cloes' Masdevallia [Belgian Discoverer of Species current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Amazonas department of Peru at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the blackish, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on a slender, erect, 2 to 2.6" [5 to 6.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the base of the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract

Similar to M xanthina but distinguishes most easily by the rose colored flowers with no eye spot at the base of the lateral sepals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 25 Luer & Dalstroem 2000 watercolor/drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;