Masdevallia pollux Luer & Cloes 2002 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Lip View

Another Lip View

Photos by Patrick & Martine Cloes and their Pleurothallid Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade Cold Spring Summer

Common Name Pollux' Masdevallia [son of Leda [Greek] one of the twin stars, Castor & Pollux see Masdevallia castor for other twin]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, blackish, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, cuneate below into the elongate, blackish petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a erect, slender, 1 to 1.5" [2.5 to 3.75 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Part 4 Masdevallia Luer 2002 drwaing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 28 Luer & Dalstroem 2006 watercolor fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide;