Masdevallia cosmia Königer 1999

SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Polyanthae Rchb.f 1874 Photo by © Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers

Side View of Flowers Photo by © Delaware Jim and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Polyanthae Rchb.f 1874


Common Name The Modest Masdevallia [Eroneously appllied as this species is from Valle de Cauca Colombia not Rio Chombo Ecuador]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Peru without collection data as a miniature sized epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall and early winter on an erect, terete, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, a single flowered inflorescence followed by another single flower after an interval, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract at the base and tubular floral bracts.

Very similar to M menatoi but has a shorter terete inflorescence with a smaller flower followed by a second after an interval.

Synonyms Alaticaulia cosmia (Königer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia cosmia;