365 days of orchids – day 303 – Masdevallia hirtzii

This small growing Masdevallia species is found in cloud forests in Ecuador and Peru from 1200-1550m altitude and so is well suited to conditions in our Cool Americas section (min 12C) where it grows in a basket that is kept well watered throughout the year and shaded.

This is one of a charming group of small orange masdevallias with tubular flowers evolved for pollination by humming birds but we find that the flowers are also very good at attracting people!

The leaves are light green and quite thin, which to us indicates a need for constant dampness, and 5cm long with the flowers produced well clear of the leaves which looks great and is necessary for bird pollination.


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