Masdevallia tubuliflora Ames 1908 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Minutae Rchb.f ex Woodw. 1896 Photo by Daniel Jimenez


Common Name The Tubed Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tube]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte found in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in premontane rainforests at elevations of 350 to 1200 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiole blooming on a slender, erect, 2 1/4" to 3 1/2" [6 to 9 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract holding the waxy flower at or just above leaf height occuring in the mid-winter.

Synonyms Acinopetala tubuliflora (Ames) Luer 2006; Masdevallia ecaudata Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 24. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 9 1959 photo not = M striatella; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as M ecaudata not = M strialtella; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M ecaudata not = M striatella; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1041 Dodson 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala tubuliflora;