Masdevallia rubeola Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Reddish Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia in wet forests at elevations of 1550 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a blackish, erect, slender ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dark green, mottled with black beneath, elliptical-obovate, subacute to acute leaf that is cuneate into the blackish petiole and blooms on a slender, suberect to subhorizontal, 2" [5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a downward facing flower occuring in the spring.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 22 Luer & Dalstroem 1997 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide