Masdevallia laucheana John Fraser 1894 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896

Another Angle

Photo by Walter Schug

Specimen Plant

Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Fragrance Full Shade Warm CoolFall

Common Name Lauche's Masdevallia [Director of Vienna Botanical Garden 1800's]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in primary forests at elevations of 950 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basaly by 2 to 3 imbricate, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, suberect, 1.6" to 2.4" [4 cm to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract near the base and tubular floral bracts carrying flowers that often smell of Vanilla

Synonyms Acinopetala laucheana (John Fraser) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 4 1962 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 4 1993 drawing 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; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Acinopetala laucheana; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as Acinopetala laucheana; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Of Men & Orchids Part 1 Jenny 2015 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide