Masdevallia-nikoleana-2019-02-18***Confirmed (Dec 2019) as it exhibits the small dark purple, diamond-shaped appendage at the apex of the lip***

Judging Center: Northeast

Award Number: 20194511

Award Date: February 08, 2019

Awarded As: Masdevallia nikoleana

One attractively colored, well-open flower and one bud on two inflorescences up to 2.6 cm long borne on a miniature plant grown in live sphagnum moss in a 6 cm clay pot; leaves dark green, elliptical, entire, 1.8 cm wide x 3.0 cm long, held on 1.3 cm ramicauls; sepals chartreuse heavily overlaid by burgundy hairs, dorsal cauda chartreuse, 2.0 cm long, strongly swept backwards over slightly hooded dorsal sepal, lateral sepals caudae chartreuse, well-presented; petals yellow; oscillating lip yellow, burgundy basally, shiny burgundy callus at tip; column yellow, faint burgundy hairs, slight arch downward; substance firm, texture matte; recognized for exceptional size of flower in relation to plant and as interesting member of the Oscillantes section of the genus Masdevallia; native to Ecuador;

Note - By the time the SITF photography had taken place the flower had begun to wilt a bit, hence the collapse; when award photo was taken flower had also begun to wilt but not so dramatically.

Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: 4.3 cm

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

Plant > Leaf Length: 3.0 cm

Plant > Leaf Width: 1.8 cm

Plant > Leaf Margin: entire

Plant > Leaf Shape: elliptical

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 1.3 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 0.2 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Margin: smooth

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

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: non-visible

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 2.6 cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: single flowered

Inflorescence > Distance from base of inflorescence to first bud or branch: 1.0 cm

Inflorescence > distance between flowers along inflorescence: n/a

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 0.2 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: 0.2 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: cylindrical

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: cream-yellow

Flower Natural Spread Length: 2.1 cm

Flower Natural Spread Width: 2.2 cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 3.3 (including cauda)

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 1.1 cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Cauda Length: 2.0 cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Cauda Width: 0.1 cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 2.3 cm including caudae

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 1.2 cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Caudae Length: 1.3 cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Caudae Width: 0.1 cm

Flower > Petals Length: 0.4 cm

Flower > Petals Width: 0.2 cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 0.3 cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 0.2 cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch> characters of lip (calli, spurs, keels, etc.): mobile, dark burgandy callus at tip

Flower > Column Length: 0.4

Flower > Column Width: 0.2

Flower > Column Color: cream spotted burgundy

Flower > Anther Cap Color: white


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