Masdevallia trigonopetala – 365 days of orchids – day 1073

This is one of our smaller Masdevallias. The plant is about 5cm across and produces gorgeous 1cm waxy, long lasting flowers in the autumn and spring.

The species is native to cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia and so we grow it cool and moist throughout the year. It seems to be particularly happy mounted on cork where its flowers grow horizontally and look straight at you. In a pot it can happen that the moss outcompetes the orchid where as mounted plants flourish for a long time without the need for repotting.



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