Masdevallia pteroglossa Schltr. 1920 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Oscillantes Luer 1986

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Common Name The Winged Tongue Masdevallia [Refers to the winged lip]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Valle de Cauca Colombia in premontane and montane forests at elevations of 1600 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 short, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, eret, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the late summer and fall on a suberect, slender, 1 to 1 3/5" [2.5 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract near the base and a tubular foral bract.

Synonyms Masdevallia wagneriana var colombiana Braas 1977; Masdevallia wageneriana var. pteroglossa (Schltr.) Braas 1982; Masdevallia xerophila Lehm. & Kranzl. 1921;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977 drawing/photo as M wagneriana var colombiana; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing/photo fide

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