Masdevallia leontoglossa Rchb.f. 1855 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

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Original Drawing

Drawing By Reichenbach and Wikipedia

Full Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Lion Tongued Masdevallia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in subparamo forests on mossy tree trunks at elevations of 2600 to 3100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls envelops basal,y by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carryuing a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, more or less mottled with purple, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the purple mottled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a relatively stout, ascending to descending [1 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflroescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base and a lightly spotted with purple, tubular floral bract

Synonyms Byrsella leontoglossa (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 as Masdevallia leontoglossa; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella leontoglossa; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;