Masdevallia carruthersiana

Masdevallia carruthersiana

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Masdevallia
Species: Masd. carruthersiana
Binomial name
Masdevallia carruthersiana
F.Lehm. ex Kraenzl. 1925

Masdevallia carruthersiana is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Masdevallia.


A medium sized plant with waxy leaves and a triquetrous peduncle that bears a series of flower in succession over a period of months. Plant blooms in the summer with a single 2 cm wide flower.


Locally common, found in Ecuador between 1,200 and 2,000 meters


Grow in cool to intermediate temperatures. Can be grown potted in sphagnum moss or mounted on wood. The medium it is grown in should be kept moist.


Common Name: Carruther's Masdevallia

Named for William Carruthers of the department of botany at the British Museum


  1. Alaticaulia carruthersiana (F.Lehm. ex Kraenzl.) Luer 2006
  2. Masdevallia margaretae Luer 1983

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