Masdevallia tuerckheimii Ames 1908 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Plant in situ Mexico

Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey


Common Name Tuerckheim's Masdevallia [German Collector in Mexico 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala in damp forests at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing, tufted, epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, thin tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, oblong-lanceolate, petiolate leaf and blooms in the late spring, summer and early fall with a 3 to 5" [7.5 to 13 cm] long, slender, decumbent to erect inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul holding the single flower [often followed by a second] just above leaf height.

Often cited as a synonym of M floribunda but as of now it has been separated and is a species according to Kew.

Synonyms Masdevallia floribunda subsp. tuerckheimii (Ames) Luer 1988; Masdevallia floribunda var. tuerckheimii (Ames) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 3 Ames 1908 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXII Luer 2001 as syn of M floribunda; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide