Masdevallia ametroglossa Luer & Hirtz 2003 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

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Full ShadeHotWarmSummer

Common Name The Immense Tongued Masdevallia

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, acute, gradually narrowed below into the ill-defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, stout, triquetrous, 9.6" to 10.8" [24 to 27 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and has a tubular imbricating, oblique floral bract.

Synonyms Alaticaulia ametroglossa (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia ametroglossa; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia ametroglossa drawing fide;