Vol. 76 No. 1 (2021)

A A new Muscarella (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) from Tapantí National Park, Costa Rica

Melania Fernández
Lankester Botanical Garden, University of Costa Rica, P.O. Box 302-7050 Cartago, Costa Rica
Diego Bogarín
Lankester Botanical Garden, University of Costa Rica, P.O. Box 302-7050 Cartago, Costa Rica
Franco Pupulin
Lankester Botanical Garden, University of Costa Rica, P.O. Box 302-7050 Cartago, Costa Rica
Published April 6, 2021
  • floristics,
  • Muscarella coeloglossa,
  • Muscarella xanthella,
  • Neotropics,
  • orchid taxonomy,
  • Specklinia
  • ...More
How to Cite
Fernández, M., Bogarín, D., & Pupulin, F. (2021). A A new Muscarella (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) from Tapantí National Park, Costa Rica. Webbia, 76(1), 65-70. https://doi.org/10.36253/jopt-10029

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A new species of Muscarella from Costa Rica, is described and illustrated. Muscarella tapantiensis most resembles M. coeloglossa but differs in the longer pedicels (3-5 vs. 1-2 mm), the shorter (2.5-2.8 vs. 3.75 mm), connate (vs. free) lateral sepals, and the lip with triangular (vs. broadly rounded) lower lateral lobes. Muscarella xanthella also resembles M. tapantiensis; however, it differs in the successively flowered raceme with alternate pedicels, the deeply fimbriate petals and the thick, rounded lip with densely verrucose lateral lobes. We provide illustrations, etymology, notes on ecology, pictures of the plants and habitat, and a distribution map of the new species. We discuss the inclusion of this species in the genus Muscarella.


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