Masdevallia apparitio C.A.Luer & R.Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Andreas Philipp

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Apparition Masdevallia [Refers to the large widely spread white flowers, like a ghost]

Flower Size 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters on the westeren cordillera in dense cloud forests as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 dark, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, obtuse to rounded leaf with the base cuneate into the slender blackish petiole that blooms in the fall on a suberect, slender, 4" [10 cm] long, inflorescence with a bract near the base and a thin, tubular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 2 1979 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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