Masdevallia bangii Schltr. 1922 SECTION Triotosiphon ( Schltr. ) H.R.Sweet 1978 Photo by The French Orchid Society Nord Section webpage

Another flower? Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Common Name Bang's Masdevallia [Discoverer of species]

Flower Size .6" [1.6 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador, Peru and into Bolivia at elevations of 1000 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, blackish, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying an erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate-linear, obtuse to subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base which blooms at most any time of the year on a slender, erect to suberect, 1/5 to 1" [5 to 25 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arisng from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base.

This species is very similar to M gnoma but differs in having a humped tubular rear to the flower

Synonyms Masdevallia trioon Sweet 1978; Physosiphon bangii [Schlechter] Garay 1956; Triotosiphon bangii (Schltr.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten V Bolivia Schlechter 1922; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005 drawing fide to the 1st photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Trotosiphon bangii; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Triotosiphon bangii drawing ok;

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