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Masdevallia (Acinopetala) nicaraguae

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by orchidkarma, Dec 15, 2011.

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  1. orchidkarma

    orchidkarma Member

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    A small to medium sized epiphyte that was first discovered in the cloud forests of the Mombacho volcano in Nicaragua, but that is growing across Central America. The waxy white flowers measure about 1.5 inches tall. I really like the pink and green accents on the flowers, and the faint smell of soap. A friend told me that they grow warm to hot in-situ where he lives, but I grow mine cool, and it is not complaining, so I would say that this is a fairly tolerant species. I grow it in the cool vivarium in a mesh pot with EpiWeb substrate, low light, evenly moist, high humidity and good air circulation. Nice species... Luer wants to call it _Acinopetala_ these days though...

    Masdevallia Nicaraguae Luer, Selbyana 5: 148 (1979).

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    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Nice one, Karma! I wonder if these are bee-pollinated?
     
  3. orchidkarma

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    Thank you! :) This Masdevallia is pollinated by fruit flies, same as M lata, M fonsecae, M demisa, M laucheana, M calura, etc.
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Nice! Congratulations for your Photo of the Week in AOS magazine!
     
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    Yes congrats
     
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    Thanks a lot! :)
    Oh... I did not know. Cool! :D
     
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    That's a very nice species. Does it grow well under cool conditions?
     
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    Thanks! :) Yes, it is a very strong grower for me in the cool viv. A friend of mine grows a division of this same plant intermediate, and he says mine in growing larger than his is.