January 4, 2012

Masdevallia naevia

Masdevallia naevia is from Ecuador and belongs to the group of Masdevallias that have rather large, spidery flowers.  This species blooms on spikes that hold the flowers well above the foliage and the flowers are 10 cm from tip to tip.  The name "naevia" refers to the purple spot at the base of the dorsal sepal and means "birthmark."

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