365 days of orchids – day 316 – Trisetella scobina


At time of year we find several Trisetella species coming into flower. All of them a re miniatures and all spectacular in different ways.

Trisetella scobina is a tiny plant with leaves just 15mm long that over time form a a little clump on the cork mount. Each autumn the clump produces long thin flower spikes that produce very large (in comparison) flowers dominated by a deep red synsepal and long yellow tails. The flower spikes will produce several flowers successively over a long period so don’t cut them off until they are old and dead.

This species is a cloud forest endemic found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia from in forests up to 2000m. We only grow the species mounted because of its size but find it a relatively straight forward species if kept well watered and shaded.


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