Masdevallia pachyura – 365 days of orchids – day 1321


It seems to be turning into Masdevallia week here at Writhlington. Today we have a miniature species that produces multiple flowers on each spike. The leaves are 8cm high with spikes to 15cm with two to six flowers each.


Masdevallia pachyura is found in cloud forests from 1000 to 3000m in Ecuador and Peru. As could be expected from its range it is a variable species but all have pretty little flowers and in our experience the species is straight forward in cultivation and multiplies relatively quickly.

This variety is named ‘caudas orange’ and is from the Ecuagenera nursery in Ecuador and the deep orange lip contrasts beautifully with the yellow tails on the sepals, and the plants have the added bonus of attractive glossy dark leaves.

The species does well in pots and baskets and we keep it watered well throughout the year in Cool Americas (min 12C)


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