Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Masdevallia ampullacea 'Connor' CHM/AOS

Masdevallia ampullacea is another species in the saltatrices section of the genus Masdevallia.  That translates into tubular flowers with longish tails and a kind of bulging "belly" at the base of the flowers.  This group includes many of my favorite Masdevallia species.

The plant is small, 6-7cm tall, and the flowers which are held on spikes near the top of the leaves are 7cm tall from the tips of the tails.  The flowers have a faint sweetish scent that I cannot identify and have hair-like glands on the inside of the tube.  The plant hails from Ecuador.

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