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Masdevalia setacea – 365 days of orchids – day 785

One of our absolute favourite masdevallias is this very large flowered species found from Colombia to Peru.

This remarkable Masdevallia has flowers considerably larger than the plant (as long as you include the long yellow tails to the sepals which make the flower 14cm from top to bottom) For us it flowers irregularly throughout the year which probably reflects the even conditions it finds in its cloud forest home from 1400-2400m altitude.

From photographs it appears that the species is highly variable and has many colour forms so perhaps we should be on the look out for different clones.

We like to grow this species mounted on cork bark as it shows off the large flowers very well and the plant did not worry to much about the hot conditions last summer that might suggest it would prefer a pot.

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