365 days of orchids – day 431 – Masdevallia attenuata

This charming miniature Masdevallia is the 35th Masdevallia to feature in 365 days (see them all in our Orchid Species Information) reflecting both the diversity within this genus and our passion for them at Writhlington.

Masdevallia attenuata is found from Costa Rica to Ecuador and is a mini-miniature only growing to 4cm high and producing masses of pretty little flowers that are large for the size of the plant. We have a number of species with similar flowers (probably attracting similar pollinators) but this is the smallest growing.

The species succeeds in Cool Americas kept cool and moist throughout the year.


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