365 days of orchids – day 175 – Pleurothallis pterophora

This small growing Brazilian pleurothallis is one of our favourites. It has a strong fragrance of bananas and the small flowers are long lasting. We find that it prefers growing mounted where it can receive heavy watering but have perfect drainage.

This is part of a large group of Pleurothallis recognised as a subgenus or even the separate genus, Specklinia. These species produce lots of small flowers on short spikes and most make wonderful small growing species in a collection.


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  1. marco Paganelli says:

    Hi simon i am searching this specie in europe
    May you help me with a divison or seeds?
    BTW ISn’t its fragrance like lily of the valley?
    or are there other strains that smells like banana?
    even if i don’t mind banana i prefer lily of the valley as a frangrance to smell

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Hi marco I will look and see if we have divisions. I am sure it is Banana although it looks like it should smell of lily of the valley.