Masdevallia rubeola Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Reddish Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia in wet forests at elevations of 1550 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a blackish, erect, slender ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dark green, mottled with black beneath, elliptical-obovate, subacute to acute leaf that is cuneate into the blackish petiole and blooms on a slender, suberect to subhorizontal, 2" [5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a downward facing flower occuring in the spring.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 22 Luer & Dalstroem 1997 watercolor/drawing fide; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 corriegenda; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;