This very attractive Pleurothallis is a bit of a mystery. It was donated to us with the name baeza by our friends at www.konservatory.co.uk, which is a town in Ecuador but not a recognised orchid species. We therefore assume that the species is native to the cloud forests around Baeza but any help on a positive identification would be appreciated.
The plant is robust with 20cm stems and thick 15cm leaves that produce these delightful sprays of closely packed flowers. Along with most of our pleurothallis species this plant lives in our Cool Americas section, cool and wet throughout the year.
This species is our 26th Pleurothallis species in 365 days reflecting the wonderful diversity of the genus and the general diversity of our Cool Americas section that has contributed more than double the species of any other section to 365 days. It continues to surprise me that tropical visitor attractions (such as the tropical Conservatory in Roath Park, Cardiff, that I visited last week) are kept over hot and over humid, and contain the limited diversity that appreciates those conditions. The greatest tropical diversity is in the cool and airy mountains of South and Central America, Asia and Africa. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to go and visit one of these areas in 2018.