Masdevallia guayanensis – 365 days of orchids – day 1016

As the year rolls by in the greenhouse each season brings old favourites into flower and this Masdevallia is a long anticipated treasure with its delicate flowers.

Masdevallia guayanensis (despite its name) is found in Venezuela, and northern Brazil as well as Guyana and grows as an epiphyte in moist forest at around 1800m altitude.

The leaves are about 5cm long and over time it forms a tight clump which then produces a profusion of relatively large and rather elegant white flowers. It is rather pendant in its habit and it works really well mounted especially as the stems are dark and contrast really well with the bright green leaves and clear white flowers.


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