Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Masdevallia sotoana

Masdevallia sotoana is a recently described species from Ecuador that looks like a poor cousin of Masdevallia strobelii,  The coloration of the two species is similar and this species also has the glandular hairs covering the inside of the sepals that are a feature of all the species in section Saltatrices.  As noted with other species from this group, these have both the "hairs" and a kind a "belly" at the base of the flower, though this is not very distinct in Masdevallia sotoana.  The plant is a miniature, 7 cm tall, and the flowers, which are held just above the foliage, are about 2 cm long.

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