Monday, April 16, 2012

Barbosella cucullata

Barbosella cucullata is another species from Ecuador, but also from Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.  It is also another Pleurothallid, related to Masdevallia. Many of the species in this genus are very small, but this one is a bit larger with thick, channeled leaves about 5 cm tall, long, erect flower spikes (15 cm), and single flowers 4 cm in size.  In nature it is a lithophyte, growing on moss-covered rocks, and in cultivation seems to like a thick pad of moss as well.  I grow it in a small pot in which the live moss has formed a thick pad well above the top of the pot and there it thrives, partly buried in the moss.

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