Masdevallia os-draconis C.A.Luer & R.R.Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Saltatrices [Rchb.f] Luer 1986

Side View of Flower

Another Flower angle

Photos by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Dragon's Mouth Masdevallia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in the department of Risaralda on the western cordillera in Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiole and blooms in the spring on a stout, erect, 2" [5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the base on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 phot ofide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;