August 21, 2013

Alaticaulia bennettii

Alatacaulia bennettii or Masdevallia bennettii is a species belonging to the group of Masdevallias that have triangular flower spikes (in cross section) and that bloom successively with one or two flowers at a time.  The species is from Peru and is 12-15 cm tall with flower spikes somewhat longer than the leaves and large 6-8 cm flowers.  It is warm-growing but seems very temperature tolerant since I grow it cool to intermediate.  It is in a pot in live sphagnum and seems to like a lot of water.

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