Masdevallia decumana

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Ecuador, Peru

Masdevallia decumana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing upon trees, in the cloud forests of south eastern Ecuador and northern Peru.  This Masdevallia species requires warm, damp, and very humid growing conditions to grow and flourish.

This miniature orchid’s flowers are very large, especially when they are viewed in comparison to the diminutive size of this miniature orchid.  Masdevallia decumana flowers are both unusual and eye catching, the blooms naturally stand out with their large size and dark purple-red spotting and markings.  I find Masdevallia decumana to be a very floriferous orchid, often producing a number of flowers at once; my plant blooms in quick succession, often blooming for long periods at a time.

I have one Masdevallia decumana specimen; this plant was first introduced to my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium in August 2015.  You can see how well this miniature orchid grew inside this terrarium, and find out how frequently Masdevallia decumana flowers, in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir.  This link will take you straight to the trial update where this Masdevallia decumana specimen was first planted inside this terrarium.  You can follow this Masdevallia decumana specimen’s growth and development in this review and the following trial updates that follow.

If you’re interested, you can see this Masdevallia decumana specimen’s first ever blooming, in this update, here.

To go straight to a trial update which shows this Masdevallia decumana specimen in bloom, please click here.

After a period of growth inside my Miniature Orchid Trial Terrarium, I then moved this Masdevallia decumana specimen into my Orchidarium.  To see this very same Masdevallia decumana specimen flowering in much brighter conditions in my Orchidarium Update, which was written more than a year later, please click here.  You can follow this particular Masdevallia decumana specimen’s growth and development inside my Orchidarium in this and the continuing updates.

To see this same Masdevallia decumana specimen in my second update for this Orchidarium (where you can see this Masdevallia decumana specimen in bloom), please click here.

To see this same Masdevallia decumana specimen in my third update for this Orchidarium (where you can see this Masdevallia decumana specimen in bloom), please click here.

To see this same Masdevallia decumana specimen in my fourth update for this Orchidarium (where you can see this Masdevallia decumana specimen in bloom), please click here.

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