Masdevallia laucheana John Fraser 1894 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896

Another Angle Photo by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

Specimen Plant Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Fragrance Full Shade Warm CoolFall

Common Name Lauche's Masdevallia [Director of Vienna Botanical Garden 1800's]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in primary forests at elevations of 950 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basaly by 2 to 3 imbricate, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, suberect, 1.6" to 2.4" [4 cm to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract near the base and tubular floral bracts carrying flowers that often smell of Vanilla

Synonyms Acinopetala laucheana (John Fraser) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 4 1962 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala laucheana; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Acinopetala laucheana

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