Masdevallia gargantua Rchb.f. 1876 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Another Angle

Photos by Martyn Tidball


Drawing by Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part shade Spring

Common Name Gargantua's Masdevallia [Fictitious king in novel by Rabelais]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia without locality as a small sized epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse to rounded, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an suberect, to 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul holding the flower at mid leaf with a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Byrsella gargantua (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella gargantua ; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;