Masdevallia fulvescens Rolfe 1890 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Reichenbachianae Woolw. 1896

Side View of Flower

Photos by Eric Hunt

Common Name The Tawny Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" x 4" [2.5 X 10 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Colombia at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the fall on a slender, suberect, 2 3/4" to 4" [7 to 10cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, and carrying a single flower.

Synonyms Masdevallia schroederiana var. fulvescens (Rolfe) Kraenzl. 1925; Reichantha fulvescens (Rolfe) Luer2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Garden Chronicle, ser. 3, 8(195): 325, f. 65. 1890; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1550 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 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 Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Reichantha fulvescens; 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