Masdevallia midas Luer 1981 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Midas Masdevallia [refers to the golden fingers or tails of the petals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador in cloud forests around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, blackish ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, blackish, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, dark green, speckled and mottled with black beneath, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a erect, blackish, .6 to 1.6" [1.5 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 26 Luer & Dalstroem 2001 watercolor fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;