despite all prophecies of Doom Masdevallias would fail in terraria I have to say mine are still fine!
The smaller of my two now delights me with a small but very nice flower. It´s growing in the heated lowland terrarium bound on a piece of cork. Masdevallia nidifica originates from Costa Rica (but may be wider spread in Central America down to Peru as I´ve read) and prefers a little warmer conditions than many of its cousins in mountainous South America.
I don´t think that this season is the usual flowering time for this species and so it grew only a single flower. Nonetheless I´m quite happy.
The extended tips of the petals not included the flower´s only a little more than 1 cm in diametre.
All pictures are made in back light. So the colouration is usually a little different.
Wanna have a closer look?
I hope I´ll be able to present you the magnificent flower of Masdevallia ignea next spring.
Edited by Andreas Eils, 18 November 2011 - 00:01 AM.