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Masdevallia coccinea
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Masdevallia coccinea

Masdevallia coccinea Linden ex Lindl., Orchid. Linden. 5. 1846.

Type: Colombia. Santander: Old Dept. of Ocaña, terrestrial, on the southern slopes of the high mountains near Pomplona, alt. 9,500 ft. April 1843, J. Linden 1262 (holotype, K; isotypes, BR, W)).

Illustrated specimen: Colombia. Boyacá: Santa Rosa de Viterbo, 2800 J. S. Moreno & Fredy Alexander Acosta 518 (CAUP; LCDP voucher).

Masdevallia coccinea is a widely distributed species in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia, being locally abundant. It is “a most remarkable plant”, with large, bright red flowers. The lateral sepals are tail-less, and the tail of the dorsal sepal is commonly erect, sometimes directed either slightly backwards or forwards…