365 days of orchids – day 362 – Prosthechea bulbosa

This is another very fragrant Prosthechea species. The species is native to South Eastern Brazil where it grows as an epiphyte in cloud forest. It therefore enjoys growing cool and wet in our Cool Americas Section.

This is a small plant and, as with most Prosthecheas, small plants will bloom and produce short spikes with few flowers. A fully mature plant can produce a 12cm spike with fifteen flowers.

The scent is sweet and reminds me of play-doh. Flowers are long lasting and produced over a long season making this a very worthwhile plant to grow.


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