Masdevallia thienii Dodson 1977 SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Successiviflorae Luer 2000 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Side View of Flower Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

Deep Shade Hot Warm Spring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning Thien's Masdevallia [American Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in rainforests at elevations around 100 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a horizontal, slender, 3.6 to 8" [9 to 20 cm] long, subcongested, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with 3 distant bracts and tublar floral bracts.

Synonyms Alaticaulia thienii (Dodson) Luer 2007; Reichantha thienii (Dodson) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 141 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia aenigma; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Reichantha thienii drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007