Masdevallia oreas – 365 days of orchids – day 1759

Another delightful miniature today with the diminutive Masdevallia oreas that always looks its best in November.

This miniature species is endemic to cloud forests of Bolivia, and is one of the smallest masdevallias we grow. The plant shown here is in a 5.5cm pot with 4cm leaves and 5cm flower spikes. The flowers are large for the plant and long lasting.

We grow the species both mounted and in small pots, and it seems very happy both ways in a shady spot in our Cool Americas section.

We find that the secret of success with species such as this is a really heavy watering regime which means it can cope with any hot dry spells in the summer, although misty November is much more to its liking.


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