Masdevallia roseola Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Flowers Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Light Pink Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" wide and 3" long [3.4mm x 7.8mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru from wet montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 metersas a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, cool growing epiphytic species with a minute, inconspicuaous ramicaul enveloped by a series of 2 to 3 tubular bracts with a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, linear-oblong, tapered to the channeled base, apex emarginate with a central apicule leaf that blooms on an erect to suberect, slender, 1 1/5 to 1 3/5" [3 to 4 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract carrying a solitary flower that is held well below the leaves and occurs in the late spring and summer.

Distinguished by the bright, rose-pink flowers on short peduncles that are much shorter than the leaves and the long, subequal sepal tails.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 1 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 497 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing hmm; 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing ok; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #11 2012 photo fide