Masdevallia colossus Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Side View of Flower

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Head On Photo

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Gigantic Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 3/5" [4 cm]

Found in Peru and Ecuador as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters in cloud forests with stout, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled petiole blooming in the fall and winter on a slender, suberect, 1 3/2" to 4 2/5" [4 to 11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract with the malodorous flower held at mid-leaf.

Synonyms Byrsella colossus (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 Vol 7 1996; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella colossus ; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella collossus drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;