Masdevallia crescenticola F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1921 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896

Photo by Ingrid Pape

Deep shade Hot Summer Fall

Common Name The Crescentia Growing Masdevallia [The host tree for this species]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in western Choco' department of Colombia and western Ecuador in humid lowlands on Totumo [Crescentia] trees at elevations of 150 to 300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a slender, horizontal to descending, purple dotted, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 3 distant tubular bracts below the middle and a tubular, thin floral bracts.

Synonyms Acinopetala crescenticola (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala crescenticola; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Acinopetala crescenticola drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;