365 days of orchids – day 472 – Masdevallia lappifera

One of our most robust and reliable Masdevallias is this species from Ecuador. The large flowers are produced on short stems and are remarkable for the purple ‘hairs’ on the lip which give the species its name meaning the burred Masdevallia.

The species is found at around 1200m altitude and with us flowers several times during the year. The flowers are long lasting and so this is a plant that often comes with us to shows. These flowers have been to Paris and London but still look fresh and will stay that way for several more weeks. We grow it mounted in Cool Americas.


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