What an appropriate name for a Christmas flowering species! Odontoglossum gloriosum is endemic to Colombia and is restricted to cloud forests from 2000 to 2800m. The plant therefore enjoys cool, damp and shady conditions which we provide in Cool Americas. This species produces larger bulbs than our other odontoglossums and 70cm long flower spikes with many branches and over 40 large and attractive flowers, heavily spotted in red on a cream ground.
Our biggest problem with this species is keeping slugs and snails away from the slow growing flower spikes which clearly taste wonderful if you are a slug. As a result we prefer basket culture.
Just eight more to days to go to complete 365 days of orchids – we have had a lot of fun putting this together and are planning to carry on. What would you like next year?