Masdevallia angulata Rchb.f 1878 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

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Specimen Plant

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Common Name The Sharp Angle Masdevallia [refers to the mentum of the sepaline tube]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia and northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests as a miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte on steep embankments at elevations of 600 to 2600 meters with clump-forming, stout, erect, purplish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-obovate, obtuse to rounded leaf that is cuneate into the stout channeled petiole that blooms in the fall through late winter on a slender, suberect to descending, 1 to 2 2/5" [2.5 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a loose, tubular, floral bract carrying a large, fleshy, foul-smelling, long-lasting, color-variable flower held way below the leaf.

Mounting this species can help in the best display of the flower on the numerous short inflorescence that arise below the leaves.

Synonyms Byrsella angulata (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia burfordiensis O'Brien 1903

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 137 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 2 1982 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 Vol 7 1996; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella angulata; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orquideeologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo fide; Orquideología Vol 26 #2 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella angulata drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #10 2010 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;