Masdevallia cosmia Königer 1999 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Polyanthae SUBSECTION Successiviflorae Luer 2000

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Plant and Flowers

Side View of Flowers

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Willibald Königer


Common Name The Modest Masdevallia [reers to the small slower and short peduncle]

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, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with a bract at the base, terete, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, a single, flowered inflorescence followed by another at an interval, and with tubular, shorter than the pedicel 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 ; * Arcula 8:223 Königer 1999 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia cosmia; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;