Masdevallia-medusa-2023-10-31 *SITF confirms that this plant is Masdevallia medusa (Nov 2023).

The inflorescence is triangular in cross section, which is a characteristic of M. medusa. The floral parts, reflection/revolute lateral sepals and color all match M. medusa. The most similar species is M. wuerstlei, which differs in having a more elongated inflorescence, somewhat twisted peduncles and smaller flowers. This plant matches the type drawing and photos in the IOSPE and the description by Baker and Baker and photos in the OW.

Judging Center: WPBJC

Award Number: 20231628

Award Date: September 13, 2023

Awarded As: Masdevallia medusae

Colombia species

Juan Saldarriaga

Corrected spelling of species to M. medusa. (SITF)

Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: up to 22cm

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: 1

Plant > Leaf Length: 22cm

Plant > Leaf Width: 2.6cm

Plant > Leaf Margin: smooth

Plant > Leaf Shape: lanceolate

Plant > Leaf petiole length (apex of pseudobulb or stem to leaf base proper): n/a

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 3.1cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 0.5

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Margin: eliptic

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: 1.0cm

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: green

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 53 cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: raceme

Inflorescence > Distance from base of inflorescence to first bud or branch: 42 cm

Inflorescence > distance between flowers along inflorescence: 5 cm

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 3.8 cm

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 3.8 cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Length: 1.8 cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Width: 0.4 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 0.5

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: 0.2

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: circular

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: green

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: ribbed

Flower Natural Spread Length: 4.7

Flower Natural Spread Width: 5.5

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 0.4

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 0.9

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Cauda Length: 3.8

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Cauda Width: 0.2

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 1.2

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 1.3

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Caudae Length: 3.3

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Caudae Width: 0.2

Flower > Petals Length: 0.6

Flower > Petals Width: 0.1

Flower > Petals Caudae Length: n/a

Flower > Petals Caudae Width: n/a

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 0.6

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 0.3

Flower > Lip or Pouch> characters of lip (calli, spurs, keels, etc.): none

Flower > Column Length: 0.7

Flower > Column Width: .15

Flower > Column Color: cream

Flower > Anther Cap Color: cream



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