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Orchid Species: Masdevallia caudata

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Masdevallia caudata is an orchid species identified by Lindl. in 1833.
Genus
Masdevallia (Masd.)
Grex
caudata
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Lindl.
Year
1833
ORIGIN: Found in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and western Venezuela as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, tufted, epiphyte occurring in cloud forests at altitudes of 1800 to 3300 meters.

DESCRIPTION: A mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, tufted, epiphyte occurring in cloud forests at altitudes of 1800 to 3300 meters with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate, suberect, coriaceous, petiolate, rounded at the apex leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the late autumn through early spring with an arcuate, short, slender, to 4 to 5 [12 to 13 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, has a bract above the base and a tubular floral bract with a single, fragrant, campanulate, color variable flower that is held at or below leaf height. This plant is a cool to cold growing species that likes high humidity, shade and potted in a chopped mixture of tree fern, fir bark, perlite and sphagnum moss.

FLOWER SIZE: To almost 6 inches [to 16 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Masdevallia Masd expansa 1878 Rchb.f.
Add+ Masdevallia Masd tricolor 1850 Rchb.f.
Add+ Masdevallia Masd cucutillensis 1922 Kraenzl.
Add+ Masdevallia Masd shuttleworthii 1875 Rchb.f.
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