Masdevallia fonsecae Koniger 1994 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Minutae Rchb.f Ex Woolw. 1896

Plant and Flower

Photos posted by Patricia Harding and the The Species Identification Task Force Website

Fragrance Deep shade Warm LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name Fonseca's Masdevallia [Costa Rican discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .68" [1.7 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 900 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, epiphytic species with furrowed, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths and carryinga single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an ascending to erect, terete, slender, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying a very bad smelling flower.

Similar to and often cited as a synonym of M attenuata but this one differs in having a wider and longer sepaline tube, as well as having purple stripes and a different lip and petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;