Masdevallia flaveola Rchb.f. 1884 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896

Photo by Klaus Eisses

Side View of Flower

Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Part shadeCool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Yellowish Masdevallia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 4 to 5" [7 to 13 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and tubular floral bracts.

Closely related to M attenuata and M laucheana but differs in the loose raceme of successive small, yellowy flowers with a sepaline tube constricted above a mentum formed with the column foot and the orange, clavate sepaline tails.

Synonyms Acinopetala flaveola (Rchb. f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1549 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 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 Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala flaveola; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide