Masdevallia cupularis Rchb. f. 1866 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Polyanthae SUBSECTION Successiviflorae Luer 2000

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Side View of Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt and plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Little Cup Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tube]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago provinces of Costa Rica at elevations of 1700 to 2200 meters as a minii-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that gradually narrows below into a petiole that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a horizontal to suberect, arising from low on the ramicaul, slender, 3.6" to 5.6" [9 to 14 cm] long, single flowered, occasionally followed by a second, inflorescence with a tubular, as long as the pedicel floral bract and holding the flower below the leaf.

"Characterized by the relatively small habit and a more or less horizontal peduncle that occasionally produces a second flower. The sepaline tube is broad, diffusely marked with purple brown and with slender tails about as long as the blades. The petals are callous without a process. The lip is divided by marginal folds into a fimbriate epichile and an oblong hypochile." Luer 2000

Synonyms Alaticaulia cupularis (Rchb. f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia odontochila Schlechter 1910; Masdevallia reflexa Schlechter 1923; Reichantha cupularis (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer. 93. Rchb.f 1866; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 276. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as M reflexa; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1547 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Reichantha cupularis; < Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as Alaticaulia cupularis; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;