365 days of orchids – day 225 – Masdevallia paiveana

This Masdevallia species is native to Peru and Bolivia where it is found as an epiphyte in woodland around 2500m altitude.

The flowers are covered in fine hairs which make them well worth a closer look. The plant is a little unruly as successive leaves are produced a few cm from the previous one giving it a scrambling habit but it is a strong grower and soon forms a large plant. The flowers are produces on and off throughout the year and so it is a reliable point of interest in the greenhouse.


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