Masdevallia flaccida is an orchid species identified by Kraenzl. in 1921. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Masdevallia uncifera.
ORIGIN: Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador in cold wet cloud forests at elevations of 3000 to 4000 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, often blackish ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on a slender, erect, 3.6 to 6.4 [9 to 16 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.
FLOWER SIZE: 1.2 inches [3 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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