Masdevallia mastodon Rchb.f. 1855 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Ron Parsons

Side View of Flower

Photo by Gary Meyers and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full Shade ColdSpring

Common Name The Mastodon Masdevallia [refers to the tusk-like sepaline tails]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Santander del Norte and Santander departments of Colombia in low, scrubby trees in subparamo at elevations of 2500 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with more or less blackish, stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 2.4 to 5.2" [6 to 13 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular bract below the middle.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 drawing; Icones Pleurothallisinarum Vol XXII Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing ok; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2003; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;