Masdevallia roseola Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Flowers Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Light Pink Masdevallia

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

A Peruvian and Ecuadorian, mini-miniature sized, caespitose, cool growing epiphytic species from wet montane forests at 1500 to 1900 meters 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 ; 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; 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