365 days of orchids – day 9 – Pleurothallis truncata

We had a bright flowered orchid yesterday and we have another today in Pleurothallis truncata with its chains of little orange flowers. The plant shown here is our biggest specimen and with flowers on almost all the leaves it is a real picture and one of our favourites.  We grow it mounted on cork bark where its pendulous habit is shown off well. We water it every day (twice in the summer) and keep it shaded and cool in Cool Americas.

It seems likely that its pollinator is a jan-pleurothallis-truncatasmall insect but if anyone has any theories on the pollinator relationship here it would be good to hear. We have now added a closeup thanks to Joe and his camera skills.





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