Whilst watering my greenhouse today I noticed my Masdevallia nidifica was flowering. I don’t think this orchid ever featured on Simon’s Orchid of the Day so I thought I would add this cute little Masdevallia.
Masdevallia nidifica can be found growing wild in Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests between 450 – 2500 meters.
The name nidifica comes from the Latin word nidificus which means to make a nest. This describes the way the orchid grows in dense tufts.
I grow this miniature Masdevallia in my cool greenhouse. It likes plenty of light, but not direct sunlight, and regular watering to keep the roots damp. I have mine growing in a little pot which I have hung up to allow good drainage and airflow around the leaves.