Masdevallia tinekeae Luer & R.Vásquez 1988 publ. 1989 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia


Photo by © Eric Hunt

Another Angle

Another Angle

Photos by Oliver Lenhard

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Tineke's Masdevallia [Named for the Dutch Orchid enthusiast who discovered the species]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in central Bolivia in cold cloud forests at elevations around 2800 to 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte to terrestrial orchid with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, narrowly elliptical, acute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole which blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and floral bracts above.

Very similar to M solomonii but differs in having white flowers spotted with purple, a sparse pubescence and a sharply pointed labellar tooth.

CAUTION This may be a hybrid as it is close to the potential parents but has a few odd vagaries that the 2 species does not have so use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 21 Luer & Dalstroem 1996 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing ok; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;