Masdevallia floribunda Lindl. 1843 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896

Maroon variety- Masdevallia tuerckheimii

Photos by Lourens Grobler.


Common Name The Easy-Blooming Masdevallia

Flower Size .88" [to about 2.2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica in damp forests at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing, tufted, epiphytic species from that is found with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, thin tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, oblong-lanceolate, petiolate leaf and blooms in the late spring, summer and early fall on a 3 to 5" [7.5 to 13 cm] long, slender, decumbent to erect inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul holding the single flower [often followed by a second] just above leaf height.

Grow this one hot to cool, with moderate light and high humidity and either potted or mounted.

Synonyms Acinopetala floribunda (Lindl.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia floribunda f. lindeniana (A.Rich. & Galeotti) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Masdevallia floribunda var. myriostigma E.Morren 1873; Masdevallia galeottiana A. Rich & Galleotti 1845; Masdevallia lindeniana A. Rich & Gal. 1845; Masdevallia myriostigma C. Morr. 1869-70;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Epidendra Website CR ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 6 1983 photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 60 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 as M tuerckheimii drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 1 1998 as M floribunda subsp tuerkheimii photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 7 2004 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 3 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #2 2006 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acinopetala floribunda; AOS Bulletin Vol 10 2008 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 17(2) Bogarin, Oses & C M Sm. 2017 photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide