Masdevallia goliath Luer & Andreetta 1992 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Durae [Luer] Luer 2000

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Large Sized Masdevallia [refers to the Philistine giant Golyath]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations of 1600 to 1700 meters in cloud forests as a small sized, robust, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse leaf that gradually narrows below into the indistict petiolate base and blooms in the spring on a congested, terete, purplish, somewhat ascending, 8 to 14" [20 to 35 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 2 to 3 close bracts below the middle and a tubular floral bract carrying the single flower held above the leaves.

Synonyms Regalia goliath (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 watercolor/drawing fide; 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Regalia goliath; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #11 2007 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Regalia goliath drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;