Masdevallia molossus Rchb.f. 1877 SUBGENUS Nidificia Luer 2000 Photo by Patricia Harding.

Side View of Flower

Photo by Sebastian Viera and His Flicker Orchid Photo website

Common Name The Molossus Masdevallia [a genus of bats refering to the gaping appearance of the flower]

Flower Size 3/8"[1 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Valle de Cauca Colombia in forests near watercourses at elevations of 1600 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that gradually narrows into the petiolate base and blooms in the fall through spring on a slender, 1 3/4" [4.2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a thin sheath near the base and a thin, tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Buccella molossus (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006 Masdevallia antioquiensis F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Masdevallia schmidtchenii Kraenzl. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Buccella molossus; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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