Masdevallia minuta – 365 days of orchids – day 1311

Masdevallia minuta lives up to its name and is a mini plant with mini flowers. They are, however, gorgeous in white with yellow tails.

Masdevallia minuta is native to Costa Rica to Ecuador and is a mini-miniature and we have a number of species with similar flowers (probably attracting similar pollinators) but this is the smallest growing.

This species enjoys being constantly damp and this results in moss forming on the pot which must be kept under control to stop it out competing the orchid. We grow the plant in our Cool Americas section in shade under other plants where it flourishes and can be divided every few years,




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