Masdevallia lappifera – 365 days of orchids – day 1097
As those who visited last saturday will have seen, ee have a diversity of Masdevallias flowering in the greenhouse. 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. We have had the plant for a long time and it is slow growing but this month it has produced a profusion of flowers.
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. We grow it mounted in Cool Americas.