365 days of orchids – day 245 – Barbosella dusenii

This has to be our orchid with the smallest leaves. As can be seen from the 20p piece the leaves are a few mm long and produced on a creeping rhizome with relatively gigantic flowers produced in a mass in late summer.

We grow the species mounted which it clearly enjoys and avoids the threat of the plant becoming smothered in moss.

The species is native to Brazil where it is found in cloud forests at around 1000m.


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