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Masdevallia aurea

Masdevallia aurea

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


Masdevallia aurea is a species in the Masdevallia genus.

DescriptionEdit

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

DistributionEdit

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

CultureEdit

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.

NamingEdit

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

SynonymsEdit

  1. Masdevallia santiagoorum Königer 1997

ReferencesEdit

  • 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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