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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.