Masdevallia falcago Rchb. f. 1878 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt,

Side View Of White Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding,

Common Name The Sickle-Shaped Masdevallia [Refers to the sepals shape]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

A high altitude, miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphytic species occuring in northern Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2400 to 3000 meters with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dorsally mottled black, narrowly elliptical-linear, acute leaf that gradually narrows below into the subpetiolate base and blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, single flowered inflorescence with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract all arising from low on the ramicaul.

Synonym Masdevallis trionyx Kraenzl. 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide;

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