365 days of orchids – day 299 – Masdevallia bicolor

One of our smaller Masdevallias, (the leaves are are between 3 and 5cm long) this species is native to South America (Ecuador to Venezuela) where it grows low down on trees in cloud forests. It is unusual for a Masdevallia in that it invariably produces two flowers at a time on its 8cm flower spikes.

We have grown the species mounted and in pots and find that for us it prefers being potted and kept in deep shade


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