a medium-sized plant with 8" to 10" tall very attractive leaves, everblooming Scaphosepalum with absolutely otherworldly 1/2", hedgehog-like blooms with hairy backs that appear to be covered in spines; fused lateral sepals are cream/yellow with red spotting and have chartreuse tips; nonresupinate dorsal sepal has a bright red tip that is like an extended finger.
a small plant with 4" tall paddle-shaped leaves, everblooming Scaphosepalum with nearly erect 15" wiry spikes, absolutely otherworldly cuppy 1/3" flowers are well spaced and open sequentially, yellow blooms have fused lateral sepals with short horns; nonresupinate dorsal sepal has a tiny tip that is like a little extended finger.
this is a great miniature species with Martian-like blooms closely related to Masdevallias, clumping foliage up to 4"; radiating spikes up to 5" are successive-flowering, the bizarre 1" blooms have creamy yellow v-shaped horn-like tails coming out of a purple-striped body that frame the inverted fingerlike purple dorsal sepal tip
another Treki delight, has a Masdevalia growth habit with light green fairly wide 10" leaves, upright spikes emerge above the foliage and produce consecutive complex 2" blooms over many years, fused lateral bright yellow sepals look like Pancho Villa's mustache with a lightly red-spotted base, nonresupinate dorsal sepal has an extended dark purple fingerlike tip, exotic and free flowering.
from an episode of Star Trek, these fascinating and otherworldly blooms are borne successively on spikes that grow in zigzag patterns as they fall off, 2" wide flowers have white lateral Texas Longhorn like sepals that are spotted with maroon where they join the purple lip that has a tongue-like bent projection, spotted yellow column, clumping plants are 4"to 6" tall with paddle shaped leaves.
this entire genus of miniatures belongs in a Star Trek episode, Masdevalia growth habit with light green fairly wide 5" leaves, spikes emerge above the foliage and produce consecutive complex 3/4" blooms over many months, fused lateral bright yellow sepals look like the horns of a Cape Buffalo with a bright purple base, inverted dorsal sepal is purple, exotic and free flowering.