Masdevallia formosa Luer & Cloes 2000 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photos by Patrick & Martine Cloes and their Pleurothallid Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Beautiful Masdevallia

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Amazonas department of Peru without collection data as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, dark, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base, slender, 1.2" [3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Distinguished by the pale peach flower with an erect dorsal sepal that is hooded or concave above the middle with the tail acutely reflexed. The laeral sepals are connate into a broad, suborbicular lamina that is abruptly contracted into a pair of descending tails . The petals, column and lip are exposed and erect in the middle of the flower. The basal process of the petals is obliquely triangular and retrorse. The lip is trilobes above the middle, with the lobes wing-like, broadly triangular, obtuse and antrorse. The disc is convex through the basal two thirds and deeply concave beneath." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;