Monday, May 7, 2012

Masdevallia mendozae

Masdevallia mendozae is a species I've posted before.  It belongs to the Saltatrices group in the genus Masdevallia, which includes my favorite Masdevallias..  The plants in this group generally have tubular flowers and are brightly colored.  This species is no exception.  It comes from Ecuador and is supposed to be very temperature tolerant, growing in warm as well as cool temperatures.  The bright orange flowers are 3.5 cm long and the plant itself is only about 10 cm tall.  The plant is a prolific bloomer and has been reputed to bloom itself to death.  Thankfully that has not happened with my plant.

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