Masdevallia cocapatae Luer, Teague & Vásquez 1997 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt.

Common Name or Meaning the Cocapata Masdevallia [town in Bolivia]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Bolivia and Ecuador in seasonally dry forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that the base gradually narrows below into the petiole and blooms in the spring on a single, flowered successively few [2] flowered, congested, racemose, 2 1/2 to 3" [6 to 7.5 cm] long, triquetrous inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with thin, inflated, imbricating, tubular floral bracts that are spotted with purple.

This species is part of the Masdevallia bicolor complex yet differs by the dark red brown flowers with yellow orange tails, a lengthier sepaline tube with the lateral sepals subacute and free beyond the tube They also are not connate into a broad synsepal beyond the tube, as well as narrowly oblong sepals and the lateral folds of the lip are acute. The acute epichile is ovate and acute with 3 parrellel calli.

Synonyms Alaticaulia cocapatae (Luer, Teague & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 23 Luer & Dalstroem 1998 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia cocapatae ;