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Masdevallia and Affiliates explains the newly accepted divisions of Masdevallia that Carl Luer outlined in Icones vol 28.

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Ophidion (oh-FID-ee-on) consists of just a handful of species found in Central America and the Andes. The name means "a little snake" in Greek and the end of the sepals are united to form a lateral window that gives the appearance of the reptile. They have large, rigid lips and four pollinia. The leaves, much like many other Pleurothallids, are narrowly elliptical.

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Ophidion cunabulum (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer
Ophidion cymbula (Luer ) Luer
Ophidion dasyglossum (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer