Masdevallia veitchiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Masdevallia veitchiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Masdevallia veitchiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Masdevallia veitchiana is a species of orchid with terrestrial habits, sometimes lithophytes or epiphytes rarely originating in Peru.

It is a species of orchid of a large size, that prefers the fresh climate, has terrestrial habits, sometimes litófitas or epífitas in rare occasions, the species with leaves erectas and with ramicaules short wrapped in a series of tubular bracts with linear oblanceolate leaves, conical, channeled base petiolate, acute and thick. Flowering occurs in the spring and early summer in an erect inflorescence of 39 to 44 cm long, with long-lasting flowers up to 20 cm wide, which appear well above the leaves. The uneven distribution of apparent color in M. veitchiana is due to the presence of tiny purple hairs in the sepals that give a beautiful visual aspect to the flower. Viewed from the front with the light behind you, the color is symmetrical.

Masdevallia veitchiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Masdevallia veitchiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This species has orange flowers covered in a pattern of tiny purple hairs that create a kind of litmus as the flower moves with the breeze. The flowers are very large, about 5 cm x 15 cm.

Distribution and habitat

It is located at a height of 2000 to 4000 meters around Machu Picchu in Peru on the steep rocky slopes covered with grasses and shrubs, in full sun, but with leaves protected by grass. The Quechua population gives it the name of waqanki . - "you weep" or "you will cry" in Quechua - in memory of the tears of a princess, that would be printed in the petals of each flower. It is rumored that it has been cultivated by the Incas for centuries.

The plant is in the wild in northwest Peru, where it is known as gallo-gallo , by the ridge red and bearded of the flower.

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