365 days of orchids – day 382 – Masdevallia decumana


This amazing miniature species only reaches 6cm high but produces masses of large spotted flowers 7cm from tail to tail. The plant shown in our photos today is in a 3cm pot but we also grow the species mounted.

Masdevallia decumana (the name means large flowered Masdevallia) is native to cloud forests in Ecuador and Peru from 1000-2500m. We find it enjoys Cool Americas (Min 12C) where it is kept well watered all year.

The plants we split and mounted on January 1st are all doing well and so we hope to have a few plants for sale later in the year once they are properly established.


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