November 20, 2012

Masdevallia ampullacea 'Connor'

Here is a small Masdevallia species from Ecuador and another from Saltatrices group.  The plant is 5 cm tall and the flowers 3 cm including the tails.  It blooms during the winter and is faintly scented.  This particular plant was awarded by the American Orchid Society.  It is very similar in color and appearance to Masdevallia strobelii (below), but the flower are much smaller than the flowers of that species.  It was awarded as Masdevallia aurea, but subsequently identified as Masdevallia ampullacea.

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