Masdevallia tubuliflora Ames 1908 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896

Photo by Daniel Jimenez


Common Name The Tubed Masdevallia [refers to the sepaline tube]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in premontane rainforests at elevations of 350 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiole blooming on a slender, erect, 2 1/4" to 3 1/2" [6 to 9 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract holding the waxy flower at or just above leaf height occuring in the mid-winter.

Synonyms Acinopetala tubuliflora (Ames) Luer 2006; Masdevallia ecaudata Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 24. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 9 1959 photo not = M striatella; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as M ecaudata not = M strialtella; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M ecaudata not = M striatella; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1041 Dodson 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala tubuliflora; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide