Masdevallia rosea Lindl. 1845 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Coccineae Veitch 1889

Side View of Flower

Another View

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Head On View

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Different clone

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Richard E Fleig

Alba clone

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

TYPE Drawing of M rosea ssps Echinata

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Pink Masdevallia

Flower Size 2 to 3" [5 to 8 cm]

Found in Narino and Putumayo departments of Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2400 to 3400 meters as a cold growing, miniature sized, epiphytic species from with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate to obovate, acute, clustered, dark green leaf that is cuneate below into the slender, channeled, blackish petiole that blooms in the fall and winter with an erect to arcuate, slender, to 7" [17.5 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract below the middle that all slightly exceeds leaf height.

Synonyms Masdevallia echinata Luer & Andreetta 1978; Masdevallia rosea J.H. Veitch 1889; Masdevallia rosea Woolward 1896; Masdevallia rosea subsp. echinata (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958 drawing/photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 as Masdevallia echinata; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo as M rosea var alba; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 12 1999 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2003 as M rosea sbsp echinata drawing fideAOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 as M rosea subs echinata; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;