365 days of orchids – Day 64 – Ceratochilus biglandulosus

This is a real miniature sized plant but with very large flowers for its size.  It is native to mountain cloud forests in Java with a climate very similar to the cloud forests of South America and so we grow this plant in Cool Americas and not our Asian sections – it shows that to grow a collection of over 1000 species there is always a compromise in providing ideal conditions to every plant.

We grow the species mounted, partly because a plant this small in a pot would not show off its natural elegance but also because the plant is naturally pendulous with semi terete leaves on stems that over time bend downwards from the base.


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