Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Masdevallia lamprotyria

I posted a few pictures of the flowers of this species several months ago.  At that time the plant had just a few flowers, as it does off and on throughout the year, but now the plant is in full bloom and I decided to post some recent pictures both of the flowers and of the plant.  The species is from Peru and Ecuador, the flower is approximately 3 cm and grows on a 10 cm plant with narrow leaves. It blooms in the spring and when it blooms produces many flowers if it is happy.  Mine is grown in a net pot in live sphagnum.  The species is named for its color, and has what seems to me the scent of lilacs, strong enough during the day to perfume a whole room.

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