January 7, 2012

Masdevallia glandulosa

Masdevallia glandulosa is another small species from Ecuador.  Its flowers are unique both for the tiny glandular hairs for which the plant is named and for their strong clove scent.  The plant will perfume a whole room.  I have seen clones of this species where the tails curl back, but this particular clone does not open widely and holds its tails forward.  In my experience the plant prefers to be potted and likes somewhat moister conditions and lower light than other Masdevallias.  The individual flowers are a bit over 3 cm in length and the plant is 8 cm tall.

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