Masdevallia platyglossa Rchb.f. 1882 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Plant and Flower

Photo by Milan Vagner

Deep shadeCool Cold Winter Spring

Common Name The Broad Lipped Masdevallia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1300 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, blackish, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the slender, blackish, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a descending, slender basally thicker above, .8 to 3.2" [2 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

Synonyms Byrsella platyglossa (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Lothiania bilabiata Kraenzl. 1925; Masdevallia bilabiata (Kraenzl.) Garay 1970; Rodrigoa bilabiata (Kraenzl.) Braas 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Part 2 Masdevallia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia'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 platyglossa; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Byrsella platyglossa drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 drawing fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide