Masdevallia polychroma Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Stig Dalstroem

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep ShadeSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Many Colored Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the blackish petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract near the base, slender, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Allied to M xanthina but characterized by the small habit, and a flower with a shallow, gaping, long-tailed sepaline cup. It is dsitinguished from all other members by the golden yellow dorsal sepal studded with red cells within, light rose lateral sepals with darker rose veins, acute petals with a large, thick retrorse tooth and a rose, oblong lip with a minute marginal callus at the broad apex." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVII Systematics of subgen. Pleurothallis sect. Abortivae sect. Truncatae sect. Pleurothallis subsect. Acroniae subsect. Pleurothallis subgen. Dracontia subgen. Unciferia Addenda to Dracula, Lepanthes, Masdevallia, Porroglossum, and Scaphosepalum Luer 1998 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;