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

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Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Large-Tongued Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia and western Venezuela in subparamo to cloud forests at elevations of 2500 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, rigid, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, ascending to suberect, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and has a tubular floral bract.

CAUTION!!! I am not happy with any of the determinations above, please use with caution. I need better references and a view of the type.

Synonyms Byrsella macroglossa (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Masdevallia gerlachii Königer 1994; Masdevallia porcelliceps Rchb.f. 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as M civilis drawing good to the second photo; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M civilis drawing good to the second photo; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide to Ortiz Drawing; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good to the second photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide to the first photo; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide tothe first photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella macroglossa; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallis with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide to the first photo