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Spilotantha ferrusii
Spilotantha ferrusii
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Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
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Subtribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Spilotantha
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Spilotantha Luer, is a genus of orchids containing approximately 35 species originating from neotropical locales. Most members of this genus used to reside in the Masdevallia subgenus Amanda. With the split from Masdevallia in 2006, this genus is not yet fully accepted in all botanical forums.


Characteristics that distinguish this genus from Masdevallia are:

  • in large or small plants the ramicauls are shorter than the coriaceous leaves
  • an erect raceme with keeled or crested ovaries usually possessing inflated floral bracts
  • species exhibit a series of simultaneously blooming flowers borne by a peduncle with a round cross-section
  • sepals are usually long-tailed and variously connected into a shallow cup or arching cylindrical tube
  • petals are callous on the lower half and are often denticulate along the margins
  • the lip is usually divided by marginal folds



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