Masdevallia epallax Königer 1994 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Reichenbachianae SUBSECTION Reichenbachianae[Woolw.] Luer 1986 Drawing by Koniger and The Epidendra Website

Front View of Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Crosswise Masdevallia [refers to the crossed tails]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found only once in a greenhouse in Munich Germany, spontaneously arising in a pot of Masdevallia marginella, so many feel it may be from Costa Rica but it could be a spontaneous hybrid as well. There are many spontaneous hybrids occuring in greenhouses around the world in the Masdevallia. The plant has slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute leaf thar is narrowly cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, suberect, 2 to 2 3/4" [5 to 7 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a floral bract

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Luer 2000 drawing ok as M enallax

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