365 Days of orchids – day 290 – Masdevallia picea

We have had some visitors from The Netherlands this week. Here are Eva and Liza with Masdevallia picea.

This Masdevallia species has a rather unpleasant smell likened to vomit. Of course at school species with unpleasent smalls are rather popular and great for introducing to visitors. The plant’s common name is the pitch black Masdevallia which is a bit peculiar as it is mostly dark red with a yellow centre and yellow tails.

The species is native to cool mountain forests in northern Peru where it is found at around 2700m altitude. We grow the plant with other Masdevallias in Cool Americas.




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