Masdevallia dynastes – 365 days of orchids – day 1160

Today we have another small growing orchid species.


Masdevallia dynastes is a very floriferous species endemic to cloud forests in Ecuador from 1400-2800m altitude. The first of our plants are flowering this week which is a month earlier than usual but we will hopefully still have plants in flower for the London Show  in early April.

We find the species enjoys a damp spot but not too shady where it then multiplies quickly. The leaves are 4cm long and the 1cm flowers are held clear of the leaves.

We grow the species in our Cool Americas section with a minimum of 12C


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