Masdevallia sanctae-rosae Kraenzl. 1925 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Plant and Flower


Photo by Andreas Philipp


Common Name The Santa Rosa Masdevallia [Town In Colombia]

Flower Size 1/4" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with small, red, bumpy spots and enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular, red bumpy spotted sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute leaf that gradually narrows into the long petiole and blooms in the late spring on a horizontal to ascending, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract carrying a colorless tailess flower.

This species can be confused with a Pleurothallis if attention is not given to the petals and lip.

Synonyms Byrsella sanctae-rosae (Kraenzl.) Luer 2006; Pleurothallis sanctae-Rosae [Kraenzl.] Garay 1969

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella sanctae-rosae; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;