Bonus orchid – Masdevallia decumana x veitchiana

In the Orchid Project we grow a wide diversity of orchid species but we have a few hybrids that have arrived by various means. This plant was purchased as a seedling labelled Masdevallia decumana but on first flowering was clearly the hybrid between decumana and the orange flowered Nasevallia veitchiana. It is a small growing plant with very large flowers produced in profusion. We grow both the parents and it is always interesting to see how characters are passed from parent species to hybrid. Decumana has dominated on compact growth and large flowers while veitchiana has contributed most on colour.

Masdevallia decumana

  Masdevallia veitchiana


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