Masdevallia scabrilinguis Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Closeup Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Rough-Lipped Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

This mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing species has been reported from Panama and western Costa Rica at elevations of 1200 to 1300 meters with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that gradually narrows below into the subpetiolate base that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect to suberecct, succesively solitary flowered, 1 3/5" to 3 1/5" [4 to 8 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract holding the flower amid the leaves.

Now said to be a synonym of M attenuata but I have left them separate for now. M scabrilinguis is distinguished by a single, small, white, tubular flower without stripes, and yellowish sepaline tails about as long as the blades. The petals are acute to subacute at the apex and more or less unguiculate at the base. The marginal callus does not have an acute tooth. The apex of the oblong lip is obtuse and verrucose. There are a pair of verrucose calli that are obtusely angled near the middle.

Synonyms Acinopetala scabrillinguis (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala scabrillinguis;