November 28, 2013

Masdevallia naevia

Masdevallia naevia belongs to the Caudatae section of the genus Masdevallia and comes from Ecuador.  The flowers are beautifully colored but always look awkward and stiff to me.  The plant is 12-15cm and the flowers 10-12cm.  The species name, "naevia" means "birthmark" and refers to the purple spot on the dorsal sepal.  The section it belongs too, Caudatae, gets its name from the long "tails" that the species in this section have.

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