April 11, 2014

Masdevallia mendozae

Masdevallia mendozae is a cool-growing species from the highlands of Ecuador.  It is one of the species in section Saltatrices, a group of species with brightly colored tubular flowers that are lined with glandular hairs, visible in these pictures.  It is somewhat difficult to grow, at least in my experience.  I had a large plant that seemed to be gradually dying off but which has now started to come back and I do not know what caused the decline or why it has started to recover.

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