Friday, March 2, 2012

Masdevallia eurynogaster

Masdevallia eurynogaster is a small species from Ecuador and Peru.  It is another of the Saltatrices group, with a belly-like bulge at the base of the flower and glandular hairs lining the inside of the sepaline tube.  The colors on this species, however, are very different from the rest - not as boldly colored, but nevertheless very beautiful in its own way.  The plant is 8 cm and the flowers very nearly that size.  The name "eurynogaster" means "big-bellied."

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