Saturday, May 21, 2011

Muscarella megalops

Also known as Specklinia megalops and Pleurothallis megalops, this unusual species is from the Ecuadorean Andes.  The plant is only about 5 cm tall and the few, widely spaced flowers are carried on wiry spikes that tend to hang down.  The name, megalops, refers to the very large (and hairy) lip that is characteristic of this species.

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