June 5, 2012

Masdevallia prodigiosa

Masdevallia prodigiosa, as its name suggests, is a very unusual species for the genus.  Its soft orange color, its rather strange shape, and its large-sized flowers are all distinctive, and the species cannot be mistaken for any other in the genus.  It comes from Peru and is a small plant, around 6 cm tall with flowers that are as large or larger than the plant, some 6-8 cm.  It is reputed to be temperature tolerant, but it grows best for me under cool conditions in live sphagnum and a net pot.

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