Masdevallia cupularis Rchb. f. 1866 SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Successiviflorae Luer 2000 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Side View of Flower Photo by Eric Hunt and plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Plant and Flowers Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR


Common Name The Little Cup Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tube]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1700 to 2200 meters as a minii-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that gradually narrows below into a petiole that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a single flowered, occasionally followed by a second, slender, suberect to horizontal, 3 3/5" to 5 3/5" [9 to 14 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular floral bract and holding the flower below the leaf.

Synonyms Alaticaulia cupularis (Rchb. f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia odontochila Schlechter 1910; Masdevallia reflexa Schlechter 1923; Reichantha cupularis (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer. 93. 1866; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 276. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as M reflexa; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1547 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia cupularis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Alaticaulia cupularis