365 days of orchids – day 251 – Scaphosepalum verrucosum

This species is always in flower and so we have been waiting until a quiet time to post it. The species is native to Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Guyana at altitudes of 1300 to 3500 meters and I have seen it described as a miniature and although the flowers are small grows into a very large plant over time.

Our large plant has over a hundred flower spikes constantly flowering and a froth of flowers surrounding the plant which grows in a basket. Each flower spike lasts three years and slowly gets longer and longer.

This plant won an RHS Cultural Certificate at the London Show in 2016 and is always a think of beauty. It was donated to the project about eighteen years ago and so I guess that this plant is at least thirty years old.




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