Masdevallia flaveola Rchb.f. 1884 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896 Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Part shadeWarmCool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Yellowish Masdevallia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 4 to 5" [7 to 13 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and tubular floral bracts.

Closely related to M attenuata and M laucheana but differs in the loose raceme of successive small, yellowy flowers with a sepaline tube constricted above a mentum formed with the column foot and the orange, clavate sepaline tails.

Synonyms Acinopetala flaveola (Rchb. f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1549 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala flaveola ;