August 6, 2015

Masdevallia veitchiana 'Betty'

Masdevallia veitchiana is sometimes called the "Queen of Masdevallias" for quite obvious reasons.  The species is from Peru and is often referred to there as "Gallo-gallo" since is resembles a rooster's crest.  It is a smaller species.  My plant is only 15 cm tall with 11 cm flowers on fairly short spikes that hold the flowers a few inches above the plant.  The darker markings on the face of the flowers are actually tiny purple hairs.  The flowers itself is a brilliant orange.

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