Masdevallia caloptera Rchb.f 1874 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874

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Common Name The Beautiful-Winged Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic, Colombian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian species found in dense, moist forests at elevations of 1800 to 2600 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate to narrowly spathulate leaf that is narrowing to a conduplicate base and blooms in the winter in cultivation on a erect, 6" [15 cm] long, terete, several [2 to 9] flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and another at the base as well as thin, inflated floral bracts that envelop the pedicel and ovary and flowers held well above the leaves.

Synonyms Masdevallia biflora Regel 1891; Spilotantha caloptera (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 1 1969 photo; Die Orchideen #7 25-28 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha caloptera; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha caloptera drawing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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