Masdevallia carnosa Königer 2003 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Ron Parsons ©

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Wllibald Königer

Common Name The Fleshy Masdevallia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Peru without locational data as a miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with furrowed ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, apically rounded and apiculate leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, triquetrous, stout, striaght, [19 to 23 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with plicate-tubular, as long as the pedicel floral bract carrying nonfragrant flowers that have dark purple sepals with their apices and most of the sepaline tube are greenish yellow. the petals are white, the lip is purple and minutely dotted with purple and the column is white.

"Masdevallia cornosa is allied to Masdevallia weberbaueri, but also shows similarities to Masdevallia cuprea, Masdevallia norae and Masdevallia vargasii. From all these it is distinguished by its stout, straight, upright peduncle and by its fleshy sepals. Moreover in Masdevallia carnosa the free parts of the sepals are narrowly triangular whereby the free parts of the lateral sepals are approximale and incurvcd. The petals of Masdevallia carnosa show a keel on their inner side in the anterior half and a low swelling in the basal half. The flowers of Masdevallia carnosa are double the size of those of Masdevallia weberbaueri.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Arcula 14: 349 Königer 2003 Drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;