Masdevallia aurea

Masdevallia aurea

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Masdevallia
Species: Masd. aurea
Binomial name
Masdevallia aurea
Luer 1978

Masdevallia aurea is a species in the Masdevallia genus.


Plant blooms from spring to summer with a single 3 cm wide flower.

The plant was first cultivated by B. Malo near Cuenca in July 15, 1977


Plant is found growing in the forest of southeastern Ecuador at elevations of 1100 to 1700 meters.


Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.


Entomology: The plant is named after the latin word aureus, which means "golden orange" in reference to its flower color.

Common Name: The Golden Masdevallia


  1. Masdevallia santiagoorum Königer 1997


  • Carlyle A. Luer, "Miscellaneous species of Masdevallia (Orchidaceae) from Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia." Phytologia Vol. 34 No.4 May 1978 : 185-235.

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