Masdevallia tricallosa Koniger 1991 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Three Calli Masdevallia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, epiphytic species is found in northern Peru at elevations of 2000 meters with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms in the late summer and early fall with an erect, slender, 2 to 2 1/5" [5 to 5 1/5] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract carrying the flower at or just below leaf height. Distinguished by 3 conspicuous, dark purple calli are at he apex of the lip in the center of the flower.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide

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