Masdevallia corazonica Schltr. 1921 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Mount Corazon Masdevallia [An Ecuadorian Mountain in western Ecuador]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Endemic in the cloud forests of west central Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, fasiculate ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying an apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, simultaneously few flowered, racemose, 2 3/4" [7 cm] long, slender inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a close bract below the middle and inflated floral bract.

Synonyms Masdevallia sphenopetala Kraenzl. 1925; Spilotantha corazonica (Schltr.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha corazonica ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha corazonica drawing fide;