Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 12/15/2011

Photo taken on November 25, 2011

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Masdevallia filaria

Masdevallia filaria
For some reason I am especially attracted to the flowers of the Saltatrices group of Masdevallias, perhaps because their flowers are so odd. The flowers in this group are all tubular, many with a kind of bulging "belly": at the base of the flower. The flowers often are bug-like or slug-like.

Masdevallia filaria is usually much more darkly colored, but this clone is very pale. Its 7 cm flowers, large for the size of the plant, have the typical tubular shape and "belly" of the group. It is from Colombia and Ecuador and is a small plant of about 10 cm. My plant is a very pale colored form of the species.