Masdevallia platyglossa Rchb.f. 1882 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae [Rchb.f] Veitch 1889

Plant and Flower

Photo by Milan Vagner

Deep shadeWarm Cold Winter Spring

Common Name The Broad Lipped Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1300 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, blackish, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the slender, blackish, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a descending, slender basally thicker above, .8 to 3.2" [2 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

Synonyms Byrsella platyglossa (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Lothiania bilabiata Kraenzl. 1925; Masdevallia bilabiata (Kraenzl.) Garay 1970; Rodrigoa bilabiata (Kraenzl.) Braas 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Part 2 Masdevallia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella platyglossa; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella platyglossa drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 drawing fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide