August 11, 2010

Masdevallia constricta

This fabulous orchid species is from Ecuador and Peru.  It has flowers that are as big as the plant and beautifully colored.  The name, constricta, refers to the tubular part of the flower which is constricted in the middle.  The plant is three to four inches tall and the flowers about three inches from top to tip of the tails.  It is a prolific bloomer and on close inspection it is obvious that the interior of the flowers are covered with tiny hairs or glands.

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