Masdevallia guayanensis – 365 days of orchids – day 1582

Our second South American orchid is named after the South American country it comes from (though it is actually found in Venezuela, Guyana, Fr Guinea, Surinam and northern Brazil). It was pointed out to me by one of my students today that not everyone knows the geography of South America and so thanks to Google her is a quick reminder.

And we will see if we can include orchids from all countries by the end of the week and Masdevallia guayanensis has helped b y covering all the top right of the continent.

Masdevallia guayanensis grows as an epiphyte in moist forest at around 1800m altitude and so is a cool growing species and very at home in our Cool Americas section.

The leaves are about 5cm long and over time it forms a tight clump which then produces a profusion of relatively large and rather elegant white flowers. It is rather pendant in its habit and it works really well mounted especially as the stems are dark and contrast really well with the bright green leaves and clear white flowers.

In order to keep mounted plants from wet forest happy we spray with water once or twice daily and shade in summer to prevent drying out too much.




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