Masdevallia lata Rchb.f. 1877 SUBGENUS Polyanthae SUBSECTION Successiviflorae Luer 2000 Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Eduoard Faria.

Side View of Flower Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Common Name The Wide Masdevallia [Refers to the broad lateral sepals]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southeastern Costa Rica and southwestern Panama [Venezuela? no = M sancta-fidei] at elevations of 100 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse to rounded apically, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a sublax, successively few flowered, racemose, 6" [to 15 cm] long, round in Cross-section inlflorescence arising from near the base of the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and thin floral bracts.

Synonyms Alaticaulia lata (Rchb. f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia borucana P.H.Allen 1952

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing not = M sancta-fidei; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = M sancta-fidei; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1452 Mora & Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia lata ;

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