365 days of orchids – day 334 – Masdevallia lehmannii

We have another fragrant species today. Masdevallia lehmannii is a multi-flowered Masdevallia species native to humid forests in Ecuador and Colombia at 2200-2400m altitude. The flowers have a strong sweet honey fragrance which we can’t think we have noticed in and other Masdevallias we grow.

The flowers are attractively spotted and with the pendulous tails the flower spikes are really high impact.

We find that most of the multi-flower masdevallias have a bit of a climbing habit and need to be repotted fairly frequently but divide easily. This plant is growing in a small basket and is clearly enjoying it.


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