Masdevallia superflua 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 striatella.
ORIGIN: This mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphytic species is found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela in lower montane cloud forests at elevations of 400 to 2500 meters on tree trunks.
DESCRIPTION: This mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphytic species is found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela in lower montane cloud forests at elevations of 400 to 2500 meters on tree trunks with cylindric, 1/5 to 1/4 [5 to 7 mm] long stems enveloped with 2 to 3, thin, close, tubular bracts carrying a single, apical, erect, somewhat fleshy, spatulate, petiolate leaf that gradually narrows into the indistinct petiole, blooming on a slender, erect, 1 1/5 to 3 [3 to 7 cm] long, successive solitary flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract holding a single flower at mid-leaf height occurring in the fall and early winter.
FLOWER SIZE: 3/8 inch [1 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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