Masdevallia alphonsiana L.E.Matthews 2018 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Side View of Flower

TYPE Drawing

Photos /TYPE Drawing by Alphonso Doucette

Part shade Summer

Common Name Alphonso's Masdevallia [Doucette, American Botanist current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Colombia without locational or elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 3, papery, compressed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, spathulate, obtuse, channeled below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an ascending, peduncle terete, 3.28" [7.7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular to inflated, compressed, membraneous, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Most similar to M cloesii but is distinguished by the spotted sepals lacking an eyespot, a pandurate lip and the more acute retrorse tooth at the base of the petal. ." Matthews 2018 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * OrchideenJ. 6(3): 5 Matthews 2018 drawing/photo fide