December 5, 2013

Spilotantha amanda

From Ecuador, this charming little species still goes under the name Masdevallia amanda, but has been reclassified as Spilotantha amanda.  The plant is only 8-10cm tall and the flowers are 1.5cm, three of four per spike.  "Amanda" means "beautiful" and the flowers, though rather oddly shaped are beautifully colored when seen up close.

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