365 days of orchids – day 279 – Octomeria densiflora

This is a beautiful species native to the Mata Atlantica cloud forests of Brazil and a species we found near Macae de Cima on our expeditions in 2001 and 2006 at around 1300m altitude.

The flowers are small but are produced in profusion. The grey-green thick leaves are also very attractive.

All of our plants have come from a single flask purchased from Equatorial Plants in 2001 and we regularly have small divisions for sale. The plants grow well in pots, baskets and mounted.

The flowers are short lived but produce a dramatic display with the small plants smothered in flowers.


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