Masdevallia macrura Rchb.f. 1874 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

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Common Name The Long Tail Masdevallia

Flower Size to 10" [to 25 cm] largest in the genus

Found in Colombia and Ecuador on mossy, plant covered rocks in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing lithophyte with a 6" [15 cm] long, stout stem enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, inflated tubualr sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the channeled petiole that blooms in the winter till early spring with an erect, stout, to 12" [30 cm] long inflorescence arising from the midlle of the ramicaul with a keeled, white, membraneous bract below the middle and a floral bract holding the large, showy, rigidly fleshy flower well above the leaf.

Synonyms Megema macrura (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 4 2003 photo; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Megema macrura; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 drawing fide;