Masdevallia tinekeae Luer & R.Vásquez 1988 publ. 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Inflorescence. Photo by © Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Another Angle

Another Angle Photos courtesy of Oliver Lenhard

Common Name Tineke's Masdevallia [Named for the Dutch Orchid enthusiast who discovered the species]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in central Bolivia in cold cloud forests at elevations around 2800 to 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte to terrestrial orchid with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, narrowly elliptical, acute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole which blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and floral bracts above.

Very similar to M solomonii but differs in having white flowers spotted with purple , a sparse pubescence and a sharply pointed labellar tooth.

CAUTION This may be a hybrid as it is close but has a few odd vagaries that the species does not have so use with caution.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 21 Luer & Dalstroem 1996 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drwaing ok

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