Masdevallia barlaeana Rchb. f. 1876 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Coccineae Veitch 1889

Lip Detail Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone Photo by David Morris and Clackmas Orchids


Common Name Barla's Masdevallia [Brazilian Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

This is a miniature sized, caespitose, lithophytic, cold growing species from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru found at altitudes of 2200-3100 meters on exposed, rocky slopes with grass and small shrubs with a ramicaul that is enveloped basally by several, short, tubular sheaths with a single, apical, oblanceolate, petiolate, long attenuate leaf that is minutely tridentate at the apex and blooms in the summer and fall with a slender, erect, 10" [25 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts that are half the length of the ovary holding the campanulate flower above the leaves.

This species and Masdevallia amanda are closely allied and occur in some of the same habitats where there is a natural hybrid with the two as parents known as Masdevallia x splendida.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 680 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing hmm; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo hmm